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ALFRED WILLIAMS & CO., Publishers. 




Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1881, by 
In the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington. 

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In submitting a new edition of this work to public uses, it may not be 
amiss that something should be said by the author regarding the changes 
made in the book. However kindly the reception of the first edition, it 
has been evident to those who have made use of that volume in teaching, 
that the style of the narrative might be somewhat improved and that tin- 
mention of fewer names would be desirable. 

Some of the most popular teachers of the State have been consulted as to 
the' style best adapted to the school-room, and thanks are returned for their 
valuable suggestions. 

It lias been the aim of the author, in preparing this edition, to give only 
such an account of the events, and the actors therein, as would be most 
likely to remain in the memory of youthful minds. With this view, the 
men and events that have really moulded our history and institutions are 
mentioned, and mentioned as fully as is advisable in a work of such size 
as suits the primary and intermediate classes in school. 

It is believed that both teachers and pupils will approve the changes 

The valuable "History of Rowan County," by Rev. Jethro Rumple, and 
many other new sources of information, have been used in the preparation 
of this edition; and great care, both in the writing and publication of the 
book, has been exerted to secure accuracy. 

It is almost impossible to make a perfect book, and there may be errors 
in this one, but the author earnestly requests that he may be informed of 
any mistakes that may be discovered, in order that they shall be corrected 
in future editions. By these friendly suggestions and corrections, the work 
will be greatly improved from time to time, and its usefulness largely in- 

Many events have transpired within the borders of North Carolina. 
which were not of local importance alone, l»nt they were national in char- 
acter. These things have been either ignorantly or intentionally over 1 
looked by nearly all the writers of histories of the United States for Bchools, 
and we can preserve them in the minds of our children only by teaching 
them North Carolina history. Our people should never forget that: 


The first open resistance to the "Stamp Act" was in Wilmington, in 
1765, nearly six years before the tea was thrown overboard in Boston 
harbor ; 

The first blood shed in the Revolution was at Alamance, in 1771, four 
years before the affair at Lexington ; 

The first Declaration of Independence was at Charlotte, in May, 1775, 
fourteen months before the declaration at Philadelphia ; 

The first instructions of delegates for independence in the Continental 
Congress, were those of North Carolina, agreed upon at Halifax, in April, 
1776, long in advance of all others in America ; 

The first martyr to the Southern cause, was seen in the shed blood of 
private Henry Wyatt, of Edgecombe county, slain at Big Bethel, in Vir- 
ginia, June 10, 1861. If North Carolina was "deliberate" on this occasion, 
she was, at least, the first of all the States to suffer. 

These are great honors which justly belong to the " Old North State," 
and we must not allow them to be deliberately taken from us, or robbed of 
their weight as parts of the nation's past, by the prejudices and sectionalism 
of modern writers of American history. 

Hoping that this little work will redound to the honor of the grand old 
Commonwealth in whose behalf it was written, the author hereby returns 
thanks for the kindness with which he has heretofore been treated, and 
asks no higher guerdon than such public recognition that he has done some- 
thing for the good of his native State. 

Raleigh, N. C, November 1, 1881. 



The different Tribes in North Carolina — Their Government— Occupa- 
tion — Traits in War — Relicts 1 



Events of the Sixteenth Century— Queen Elizabeth— Her Meeting 
with Walter Raleigh— The Bark Raleigh— Sir Humphrey Gilbert's 
Expedition — Loss of the Squirrel and Crew 6 



Return of the Hind— The Queen's Second Grant— Amadas and Bar- 
low's Expedition— Wocoken — Landing on the Shores of North Caro- 
lina— Visit of the Indians— A Kindness Returned— Granganimeo — 
Wingina, the Indian King — Manteo and Wanchese go to England — 
Return of the Mariners— Delight of the Queen— " Virginia"— 
Raleigh Elected to Parliament 10 


Ralph Lane Appointed Governor of Roanoke — Sir Richard Grenville— 
The City of Raleigh— Exploring Indian Towns— An Indian Story- 
Governor Lane's Search for Gold— A Savage Attack— Wingina's 
Plot and its Failure— Sir Francis Drake— Return of Lane's Colony, 15 



Sir Richard Grenville Leaves Fifteen Men on Roanoke— < rovernor 
White's Colonv— The "Lord of Roanoke"— Birth of "Virginia 
Dare"— Governor White's Return to England— The "Invincible 
Spanish Armada"— "Croatan"— The Lost Colonv 



Death of Queen Elizabeth— Succession of King James— Arrest, Con- 
viction, Imprisonment and Execution of Sir Walter Raleigh— Settle- 
ment of Jamestown— Religious Persecutions in Virginia— Roger 
Green's Colony ~° 





Changes in the English Government — The "Lords Proprietors" — 
Earl of Clarendon — Earl of Shaftsbury — Sir William Berkeley — 
"Carolina" Named — The Albemarle Colony — Condition of the 
Province 30 



King Charles II — William Drummond, the " Governor of Albe- 
marle" — Death of Governor Drummond — The new Grant of 1665 — 
Sir John Yeamans — The "Clarendon Colony" — George Dnrant — 
Navigation ,_ 35 



Governor Stephens appointed — The Government — Earliest Recorded 
Legislation — The Albemarle Precincts — Locke's "Grand Model" — 
The "Navigation Act" and the "Fundamental Constitutions" 39 



Governor George Cartwright — Eastchurch and Miller — Miller As- 
sumes Charge of Affairs in Carolina — John Culpepper Replaces 
Miller 43 



Seth Sothel sent to Govern Carolina — Philip Ludwell and Alexander 
Lillington — Governor Robert Daniel — Troubles About the "State 
Church" 47 



Governor Carey Disappoints his Constituents — Governor William 
Glover's Betrayal — Rival Governments — Governor Edward Hyde 
Arrives — The Tuscaroras Begin War — Baron de Graffenreid and 
John Lawson — Colonel John Barnwell Aids the Province — Colonel 
James Moore — Defeat of Handcock — Yellow Fever — Death of Gov- 
ernor Hyde — Governor Thomas Pollock 51 



Tom Blunt and his Reservation — The Tuscaroras in South Carolina — 

Colonel Maurice Moore Aids the South Carolinians Edward 

Teach, the Pirate — Lieutenant Robert Maynard and Black-Beard — 
The Battle '. 56 




Governors Pollock and Reed — North Carolina's Counties— Governor 
George Burrington — Burrington and Everhard Pight in Edenton — 
Purchase of North Carolina by the King — The Sing Returns Gov- 
ernor Burrington — Governor Gabriel Johnston — A Peaceful Ruler 
— Dr. John Briekell's Expedition — North Carolina Troops Sent to 
South America — Carthagena — Scotch Emigrants — Flora McDonald 
— North Carolina's Prosperity 60 



Pirates in the Cape Fear — Defence of the People at Brunswick — The 
First Printing Press — The First Newspaper — Wachovia — Governor 
Matthew Rowan — French Fortifi cations — Fort Du Quesne — Colonel 
James Innes Sent to Aid the "Old Dominion" — Promotion of Col- 
onel Innes — The Virginians Offended — Return of the Expedition... 65 



Religious Growth — Colonel Hugh Waddell and the Cherokees — Wil- 
liam Pitt — Increase of Population — Exports in 1754 — "Tower 
Hill" — Francis Corbin — War against the Extortioners 69 



Governor William Tryon Arrives — Miss Esther Wake — Life in Albe- 
marle — Rev. George Whitfield — The Stamp Act — Trouble in Wil- 
mington with the King's Agents — The Stamps Arrive — A Storm 
Brewing — Repeal of the Stamp Act 73 



Extension of the Settlements — Burdensome Taxation — Colonel Ed- 
mund Fanning — Herman Husbands — The "Regulators" — Trouble 
at Hillsboro — Tryon to the Rescue — Tryon on the War-path — The 
Battle of Alamance 77 



Governor Tryon Departs — Major Josiah Martin Becomes Governor — 
Colonel John Harvey — "Committee of Correspondence" — Governor 
Martin's Opposition — The First Provincial Congress — Dawn of the 
Revolution 81 




The Second Provincial Congress — Lexington — Excitement at Char- 
lotte — The "Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence" — Death of 
Colonel Harvey — The Provisional Government — Flight of Gov- 
ernor Martin 86 



"Tories" and "Whigs" — Preparations for War — Battle of Moore's 
Creek — Effects of this Victory 90 



The Halifax Congress — Independence Declared at Philadelphia — The 
" Council of Safety " — Excitement in North Carolina — Troops 
Ordered to Charleston — Indian Massacre in the West — General 
Griffith Rutherford — North Carolina Constitution Adopted — Gov- 
ernor Richard Caswell — The New Government 94 



Opinions of the Leaders — North Carolina Troops at the Nortli — Gen- 
eral Abner Nash — Battle of Brandywine — Germantown — Courts 
Established — Fall of Savannah 98 



Battle of Brier Creek — Stony Point — Major Hardy Murfree — Gov- 
ernor Abner Nash — Capture at Charleston — Lord Cornwallis — Defeat 
of Colonel Buford at Waxhaw 102 



Battle of Ramsour's Mill — Flat Rock — Hanging Rock and Musgrove's 
Mill — General Horatio Gates — Surprise of Colonel Armand's Com- 
mand — Battle of Camden 106 



Colonel Patrick Ferguson — Exploit of Colonel Davie and Major Gra- 
ham at Charlotte — Colonel Campbell, of Virginia, put in Command — 
Battle of King's Mountain — Death of Colonel Ferguson — North 
Carolina again Free of Invaders — General Nathaniel Greene 110 




General Greene's Plan of Operations — Battle of Cowpens — General 
Greene Begins the Famous Retreat — Rise of the Catawba — General 
Morgan Leaves the Service — Cowan's Ford and Torrence's Tavern 
— General Greene at Salisbury — Mrs. Elizabeth Steele's Generosity 
— Rise of the Yadkin River — General Greene Crosses the Dan 
River — End of the Famous Retreat 114 



Cornwallis at Hillsboro — "Pyle's Hacking-Match" — Affair at Whit- 
sell's Mill — Lieutenant Colonel Wilson Webster's Bravery — Battle 
of Guilford Court-House — Flight of Cornwallis — North Carolina 
Redeemed — David Fanning — Governor Thomas Burke 118 



Cornwallis Leaves Wilmington — Major James H. Craig — Colonel 
David Fanning — Attack on Colonel Philip Alston's House — Defeat 
of Colonel Wade at McFall's Mill — Governor Burke Captured — 
Battle of Lindley's Mill — Battle of Elizabethtown — Major Craig 
Takes his Departure „.... 122 



Treaty of Peace — Governor Burke Escapes — Governor Alexander 
Martin — Payments to North Carolina Soldiers 126 



David Caldwell and Samuel E. McCorkle's Schools — North Carolina's 
Great Gift to the General Government — The Gift Rejected — Col- 
onel John Sevier — The "State of Frankland" — Troubles in the 
West — Disappearance of the New State 130 



Divisions — The "Federalists" and the "Republicans" — Delegates to 
the Philadelphia Convention — North Carolina Rejects the Federal 
Constitution— The Constitution Adopted — The University Created.. 134 



Death of Governor Caswell — Governor Alexander Martin — The Capi- 
tal Located at Raleigh — Governor Richard Dobbs Spaight 138 




The Superior Courts — Death of Judge Spencer — Corner-stone of the 
University Laid — The First Faculty and First Student — James 
Glasgow and the "Land Frauds" 142 



General William R. Davie — Nathaniel Macon — Prominent Lawyers 
— Court Changes — Governor Benjamin Williams — Eli Whitney and 
the Cotton Gin — The Great Revival 146 



The Bingham School — Internal Improvements Demanded — General 
James Wellborn's Proposition — The War of 1812 150 



Governor William Hawkins — North Carolina's Soldiers — Defences — 
Captain Johnson Blakeley — Captain Otway Burns — Colonel Joseph 
Graham and the Creek Indians — Peace 154 



The Moravians — Trade of the Towns — Dr. Joseph Caldwell — The 
Churches — The Supreme Court — Bartlett Yancey :.... 158 



"Constitution Troubles" — The Slavery Question — Visit of General 
La Fayette — Slavery Troubles 162 



Eastern and Western Divisions in North Carolina — The Western Con- 
vention of 1823— The "Convention Bill" — Burning of the Capitol 
—The Convention of 1835— Governor Edward B. Dudley 166 



The Dismal Swamp Canal — Supreme Court Judges — The Bar of North 
Carolina 170 



Schools Incorporated — Educational Fund — The Literary Board — Col- 
leges Established — Salem and Saint Mary's Schools 174 



The Free Negroes — Slavery Laws — Harsh Legislation — The Northern 
States and Slavery — Religious Changes 178 



Governors Branch and Morehead — Governor William A. Graham — 
Soldiers in the Mexican War — Captain Braxton Bragg — Gallant 
Officers 182 



General Expansion — The Raleigh & Gaston Railroad — Wilmington & 
Weldon — The North Carolina Railroad Proposition — A Close 
Vote — Miss Dorothea Dix — Important Changes in the Laws 186 



Growth of the Educational Institutions — Governor Charles Manly — 
Death of James K. Polk — "Freedom or Slavery" — The "Fugitive 
Slave Law" 190 



Cotton and Woolen Factories Established — Peruvian Guano — Division 
in the Churches — The "Know Nothings'' — Slavery Issues 194 



Governor David S. Reid — Trouble Brewing — Secession of South Caro- 
lina — President Lincoln Calls upon North Carolina for Soldiers — 
North Carolina Secedes — Governor Henry T. Clark — War 199 



Forces Organizing — The First Southern Martyr — Manassas — The Bra- 
very of North Carolina Troops — Capture of Fort Hatteras 204 



Battle of Roanoke Island — Colonel Henry M. Shaw — The Fall of 
New Bern — Capture of Fort Macon — North Carolina's Losses at Wil- 
liamsburg and Seven Pines 208 




Governor Z. B. Vance — Fighting at Plymouth — Battle of Kinston — 
Fighting on Neuse River — General Foster's March Toward Golds- 
boro 213 



Determination of both Sides — Mason and Slidell — Scarcity of Pro- 
visions — The Ad-Vance — Manufacture of Salt — Depreciation of 
Confederate Money — Suffering — Edward Cooper 217 



Attack on Washington North Carolina — Promotions — Eminent Phy- 
sicians — Miss Mary Pettigrew — Chancellorsville — Gettysburg — 
North Carolina's Losses — Sorrowful Survey — Colonel Spear's 
Cavalry Raid— The Cry of Distress 222 



General Robert E. Lee — Ex-Governor Thomas Bragg — The Confed- 
erate Senate — Educational Matters — Ministers — Recapture of 
Plymouth by General R. F. Hoke — General Grant's Losses — Reams' 
Station 227 



Zebulon B. Vance and William W. Holden — Peace Propositions — 
Storming of Fort Eisher — Fall of Fort Fisher— Losses 232 



Gloomy Prospects — Second Battle of Kinston — General Johnston's 
Army — Federal Hordes — Battle of Averasboro — Federal Defeat at 
Bentonsville — Surrender of General Lee — Sad Reflections 236 



General Johnston's Report — General Sherman Enters Raleigh — Mur- 
der of Lieutenant Walsh — Conference Between Johnston and Sher- 
man — Assassination of Lincoln — President Andrew Johnson — Sur- 
render of General Johnston — General Schofield Military Governor 
of North Carolina— Freedom of the Slaves — Arrest of Governor 
Vance — W. W. Holden Provisional Governor 240 




Ruin in North Carolina — Federal Aid — Federal Seizure of North 
Carolina Cotton — The Supreme Court — The Convention of 1865— 
Governor Jonathan Worth -Oaths of Allegiance — Sectional Hatred, 245 



Sketch of Andrew Johnson — His Leniency Towards the South — Con- 
gressional Troubles — The Literary Fund — The "Union League" 
and the "Ku-Klux-Klan" — Agricultural Matters — The Convention 
of 1868 — Governor Holden Restored to Office — Reckless Expendi- 
ture by the Legislature — The "Swamp Angels" 249 



The Troubles Caused by Congress— The University Prostrate- 
Changes in the Legislature — Political Animosities --Deeds of the 
"Union League" and "Ku-Klux" — Murder of John W. Stephens — 
The "Shoffner Bill"— The "Kirk War"— The Judiciary Exhausted 
— Judge George W. Brooks Settles the Troubles 253 



Articles of Impeachment — Governor Tod R. Caldwell — The Great 
Impeachment Trial — North Carolina Represented in Congress — 
Internal Improvement — Railroads 258 



Constitutional Changes Proposed — Growth of the Towns and Villages 
— Oxford Orphan Asylum — The University Closed — Peace Insti- 
tute — Presidential Campaign — Animosities Waning 262 



Effects of the Cotton Gin— Edwin M. Holt's Factory— Falls of Tar 
River Cotton Factory — Colonel Thomas M. Holt and the Granite 
Mills— Growth of the Holt Factory— The Cotton Mills of Alamance 266 



Importance of the Tobacco Industry — Early Culture and Preparation 
— J. R. Green and his Tobacco Factory — A Loss Turned into a 
Blessing — W. T. Blackwell & Co. — The Largest Tobacco Manufac- 
turers in the World — Kindred Enterprises — Durham 271 




Colonel L. L. Polk — The Fish Hatchery — Improved Method of Catch- 
ing Fish — The Garden Crops — Pea Nuts and Rice — The Growth of 
Wilmington — Navigation in the Cape Fear — New Bern and its Trade 
— Governor Z. B. Vance 275 



Commercial Interests — Raleigh and its Business Growth — Prominent 
Merchants— The Tucker Brothers — R. B. Andrews & Co. — Alexan- 
der Creech — Thomas H. Briggs & Sons — Kindred Hardware Estab- 
lishments — The Cotton Exchange — The Israelites of North Caro- 
lina 279 



The Important Railroad Lines — The Railroads of the West — Win- 
ston — Charlotte and its Growth — Asheville— The Mines— Wallace 
& Co — Gensing — The Fruit Growers— The Scuppernong and Ca- 
tawba Grapes— The "Moonshiners" 284 



Early Historians — Literature — Literary Men of Revolutionary Days 
— Dr. Hugh Williamson— Francois Xavier Martin and his History 
— Joseph Seawell Jones — The "Defence" — Literary Men of the Pre- 
sent Century — Latter Historians — School Books— Rev. Jethro Rum- 
ple—Law Books— Gifted Women— Able Editors 289 



The University Reorganized — Dr. Kemp P. Battle — Wake Forest 
College — Davidson College — Trinity College — The Female Semi- 
naries — Schools for Boys — The Normal Graded Schools— Shaw 
University and Estey Seminary — St. Augustine Normal School 295 



North Carolina Bonds — United States Senators — Congressional Appro- 
priations—Governor Thomas J. Jar vis — Supreme Court Judges — 
The Public Charities — Mining Interests — "Hidden ite" — Sectional 
Hostilities — Assassination of Preisdent Garfield — Indignation Meet- 
ing at Raleigh — Death of the President — Concord Restored to all 
Sections — Hope of North Carolina.. 300 


Constitution of North Carolina 307 

Questions on the Constitution 335 


It is a well known fact that almost any subject can be more thoroughly 
taught when both the eye and mind of the pupil are used as mediums for 
imparting the knowledge; and the teacher of "North Carolina History' 
will find a very valuable help in a wall map of the State hung in con- 
venient position for reference while the history class is reciting. 

Require the pupils to go to the map and point out localities when men- 
tioned, also places adjoining; trace the courses of the rivers which have a 
historical interest, and name important towns upon their banks. A good, 
reliable wall map of North Carolina can be procured at a moderate price. 

It has been deemed well to make the chapters short, that each may form 
one lesson. At the close of each chapter will be found questions upon the 
main points of the lesson. These will furnish thought for many other 
questions which will suggest themselves to the teacher. 

There are many small matters of local State history, both reliable and 
traditional, which can be given with interest to the class, from time to time, 
as appropriate periods are reached. These minor facts could not be in- 
cluded in the small compass of a school book, but a teacher will be helped 
very much by referring occasionally to "Moore's Complete History of 
North Carolina." 

Inspire your pupils with a spirit of patriotism and love for their native 
State. A little effort in this direction will show you how easily it can In- 
done. In every boy and girl is a latent feeling of pride in whatever per- 
tains to the welfare of their native State, and this feeling should be culti- 
vated and enlarged, and thus the children make better citizens when grown. 
The history of our State is filled with events, which, when told to the young, 


will fix their attention, and awaken a desire to know more of the troubles 
and noble deeds of the people who laid the foundation of this Common- 

The Appendix contains the present "Constitution of North Carolina." 
Then follows a series of "Questions on the Constitution," prepared expressly 
for this work by Hon. Kemp P. Battle, LL. D., President of the University 
of North Carolina. This is an entirely new and valuable feature in a school 
book, and contains almost a complete analysis of our State government. 
This is just the information that every citizen of North Carolina ought to 
possess, and teachers should require all their students of this history to 
read and study the Constitution and endeavor to answer the questions 

No other State in the Union possesses a record of grander achievements 
than North Carolina; her people have always loved liberty for themselves, 
and they offered the same priceless boon to all who came within her 
borders; and it was a full knowledge of this trait of our people which 
made Bancroft say "North Carolina was settled by the freest of the free." 



That portion of America, now known as the State of North 
Carolina, was once inhabited by Indians. For many ages 
before Columbus came across the seas, they had held undis- 
puted possession of all the Western Continent, except those 
Arctic regions where the Esquimaux (JEs'ke-mo) dwelt. 

2. Nearly a century had gone by since the Spaniards had 
begun their settlements, and yet, north of St. Augustine (Aw f - 
gus-teen'), in Florida, not a white man was to be found. 
Cortez (Kor'tez) and Pizarro (Pe-zar'o) had founded great 
States in Mexico and Peru, but the vast region stretching 
from the Rio Grande (Re-o Grahn'dee) to the St. Lawrence 
was still only the home of red men and the wild beasts of the 

3. There were many different tribes and languages to be 
found among the Indians. In North Carolina, the Tuscaro- 
ras (Tus-ca-ro'rahs) lived in the east, the Catawbas (Ca-taw f - 
bas) in the middle, and the Cherokees (Cher-o-kees' ') in the 
western portion of the territory as now defined. There were 
Corees (Co-rees r ), Meherrins (Me-her'rins), Chowanokes 
(Chow-ah7i-okes ; ), and other small tribes in the east, but they 
were weak in numbers and occupied but a small portion of our 
present State limits. 


4. The treacherous Tuscaroras were a portion of a power- 
ful race known as the Iroquois (Ir-o-quoy'). The other 
five nations of this family dwelt in the lake country of 
New York, and were the most daring and dangerous confed- 
eration among all Indians then known to the white people. 
These Iroquois of the North were generally friendly to the 
English, but waged almost ceaseless war upon the French and 
a tribe of Indians called the Algonquins (Al-gon' quins). 

5. The Tuscaroras were generally to be found in the coun- 
try watered by the Roanoke (Bo f an-oke f ) and Neuse (Nuse) 
Rivers, and were very restless in their natures. It is not 
known when they separated from their northern friends. 
They kept up amicable relations with them, and messengers 
and embassies were often passing between the banks of the 
Roanoke and the settlements oir the lakes. 

6. The Catawbas roamed over the fair region through 
which flow the Catawba and Yadkin Rivers. Westward of 
them were to be found, in the mountains, the numerous bands 
of the Cherokees. Amid the towering peaks and along the 
beautiful French Broad and other rivers, lived and hunted 
these simple children of the hills. They were generally dis- 
posed to peace, and were averse to leaving the paradise they 
inhabited for the dangerous honor of the war-path. 

7. The Indians were, in many respects, a peculiar people. 
Though ignorant and savage, they were not idolaters. They 
believed in one God, whom they called the "Great Spirit. 7 ' 
They were not shepherds or farmers, for they had no domestic 
animals but dogs, and their corn fields were but insignificant 
patches, cleared and cultivated by their women. They cleared 
these little patches of land by burning down the trees, and 
their plow was a crooked stick, with which they scratched 


over the ground for planting the corn. The men hunted, and 
fought with other tribes, but disdained to be found engaged 

in any useful labor. 

8. Such habits made necessary large areas of land for the 
subsistence of the people. All of the tribes were thus jealous 
of the intrusion of others upon their hunting grounds. So, 
whenever one found another getting closer than usual there 
was war. They all thus lived lives of continual terror and 
apprehension ; not knowing when some enemy would kill and 
scalp every person in the tribe. 

9. The Meherrins lived in the fork of Meherrin and 
Chowan (Chow-ahn') Rivers. They were long at war with 
the Nottoways (Not'to-ways), who lived in Virginia, south of 
James River. The Meherrins at last left their old men, 
women and children, and went on the war-path against their 
enemies, who happened to be approaching them on a similar 
errand. They chanced to miss each other, and the Nottoways 
thus found the lodges of their foes completely undefended. 
They slew every human being in the captured lodges ; the 
Meherrins left their old homes in despair and disappeared in 
the west. This happened after many white people were living 
in the Albemarle (AVbe-marV) country. 

10. Such a state of society necessitated the control of one 
leader; so the Indian tribes were governed by chiefs, who 
led them to battle and in pursuit of game. Some of these 
chiefs, like Powhatan (Pow-a-tan f ) and King Philip, were 
men of marked ability, and greatly extended their power 
over other tribes. AVhen a chief died his son succeeded to 
his office only when fitted for the place ; if weak or cowardly, 
some other brave was chosen, and in this way the honor was 
not hereditary. 


11. The Indians had no knowledge as to the working of 
iron. They had only bows, arrows, stone tomahawks and 
such weapons for war. They lived in small communities for 
protection, but had no cities, because of the impossibility of 
feeding large numbers at one point. They held it a part of 
their religion to seek vengeance for all injuries, real and im- 
aginary. They had no pity on captives, no reverence for 
helpless age, and were strangers to the sentiments of honor 
and justice. They were brave, yet much given to cunning and 
treachery. They rarely forgot benefits or forgave injuries. 

12. Many relics of these savages are yet to be found in 
almost every county throughout the State. Broken pieces of 
pottery, arrowheads and tomahawks are often plowed up in 
the fields ; and mounds of various sizes, made by the Indians, 
are still seen in some sections. There had long been a tradi- 
tion among the Indians that, in the course of time, pale-faced 
strangers from beyond the seas would possess their land; 
and, after ages of petty warfare among themselves, as the 
sixteenth century drew to its close, they were to be confronted 
by men who built ships that withstood the ocean's storms, and 
shook the solid earth with the roar of their artillery. 


1. Who were the original inhabitants of the country now known as 
North Carolina? 

2. Who had made settlements on the American continent a century 
before this period ? What two great men were leaders in making those 
settlements ? 

3. Give the location of the various tribes of Indians in North Carolina. 

4. Who were the Tuscaroras ? W 7 hat was the feeling of the Indians 
toward the white people ? 

5. In what part of North Carolina were the Tuscaroras found ? What 
were their habits ? 


O. What tribes were found in the western portion of the State? What 

were their habits? 


7. What kind of people were the Indians? How did they cultivate the 

8. Give further description of their habits? 

9. Where was the home of the Meherrin Indians? The Nottoways? 
What were the relations existing between these two tribes ? 

10. Describe the government of the Indians? 

11. How did they live ? What were some of their traits in war? 

12. What relics of the Indians are still to be found in the State? 
What tradition existed among the Indians? How was that tradition 
beginning to be fulfilled ? 




A. D, 1570 TO 1583, 

1570. The sixteenth century of the Christian era was one 
of the most wonderful periods in the world's history. The 
printing presses scattered books and knowledge over Christen- 
dom, a larger liberty in religious matters was achieved by the 
Reformation, and daring navigators sailed with their ships 
into a thousand regions never before visited by civilized men. 

2. The Portuguese and Spaniards sent expeditions to many 
lauds. In America, thousands of men and women were living 
who had come from Europe, or had been born of white 
parents since the first settlements in the West Indies, Mexico 
and Peru. As Columbus had discovered the new world with 
Spanish ships, the kings of that country laid claim to all the 

3. England, in that time, was ruled by Queen Elizabeth, 
who began her reign in 1558. Ireland and the small islands in 
the British Channel were the only dependencies of the Crown. 
Scotland was still an independent monarchy. With a few 
millions of subjects and this small territory as her realm, this 
queen was in great danger of dethronement and death. The 
Pope, the Catholic kings and her own people belonging to the 
Church of Rome, denied her title to be queen, and sought her 
overthrow and that of the Protestant religion she upheld. 

4. Amid so many dangers and difficulties, Queen Elizabeth, 
by wisdom and prudence, not only managed to defend herself, 
but became one of the greatest rulers of any age. She devoted 


her energies to the government of her people, and, though 
courted by many princes, would never marry, for fear such a 
relation would impair her usefulness as a queen. 

5. Among her greatest gifts as a ruler, was her clear insight 
into the characters of men. She knew whom to employ as 
her agents, and was rarely deceived as to how far she could 
trust them in- a season so full of treason and danger. But 
this great queen, who humbled the most powerful monarchs, 
and in whose presence the sternest men would sometimes 
tremble, was, after all, a very vain woman. Nothing pleased 
her more, even in her old age, than praise of her personal 

6. One evening she was walking at the head of a procession 
composed of ladies and gentlemen of her Court, when she 
encountered a muddy place in her pathway. The stately 
queen paused a moment, seeming in doubt as to whether she 
should step in the mud or pass around. A handsome young 
man, who was standing near by, snatched a velvet cloak from 
his shoulders, and, throwing it in the mud for Her Majesty to 
step upon, she passed over with dry feet. 

7. Queen Elizabeth was charmed with the readiness and 
courtesy of the youth. She made inquiries concerning him, 
and found out that it was young Walter Raleigh (Raio'lee), 
who had just come to London from his home in the country. 
It was the beginning of his fortunes at Court, and he soon 
won the queen's confidence and respect. 

8. This young Walter Raleigh had many noble and gener- 
ous qualities. He was, by nature, brave and patient, and, by 
diligence, soon became a great and learned man. He was a 
gallant soldier, a skillful navigator and the statesman who 
was first to conceive the plan for extending the British 


Empire into its present vast limits. While serving as a 
soldier in behalf of the French Protestants, he heard and 
read so much of the wondrous lands in the west, that he 
resolved that England should share in the glory and profit of 
future discoveries. 

1578—83. 9- When Raleigh went back to England he 
communicated his desires and feelings to his half-brother, Sir 
Humphrey Gilbert, who had made reputation as a comman- 
der of ships. In the year 1578, the queen granted leave to 
these two men to sail in search of lands ,yet undiscovered by 
civilized nations. In 1583 they sent out a vessel called the 
Bark Raleigh, which was compelled to return in a few days, 
on account of disease among the crew. 

10. English sailors, at that date, were easily discouraged in 
efforts to navigate the Atlantic Ocean. They had never 
crossed it, and were full of superstition concerning super- 
natural horrors awaiting him who ventured too far to the 
west on that unknown and mysterious sea. 

11. Again, in 1583, Sir Humphrey Gilbert, with three 
ships, ventured out upon the great and unknown waste of 
waters that lay to the west of their island homes. He dis- 
covered the Island of Newfoundland (Nu f fund-land'), and 
sailed southward. Off the coast of Maine he was overtaken by 
a storm which sunk one of his ships. This disaster induced 
him to turn his prows for the voyage homeward ; but the 
storm continued, and the darkness and horrors of the sea 
o-rew tenfold worse, when they found themselves amid drift- 
ing icebergs. Brave Sir Humphrey, from the decks of his 
ship, the Squirrel, to the last cheered the men of her consort, 
saying : "Cheer up, my lads ! We are as near heaven at sea 
as on land." 


12. When the terrible night had passed, it was found that 
Sir Humphrey Gilbert and his crew had all perished, and only 
the Hind was left of all the ships to earry back the disheart- 
ening tidings to Raleigh and the English Queen. 

Note. — The vessel which carried Sir Humphrey Gilbert and his crew 
was of only ten tons burden, and very poorly able to stand the gales along 
the American const. The Delight, another one of the fleet, had gone down a 
few days before the loss of the Squirrel. 

In the year 1520 a Spanish vessel, commanded by Vasques de Ayllon 
( Vas'keth day Ile-yon'), was driven by a violent storm upon the coast of 
Carolina. The commander was kindly treated by the natives, and, in 
return, he enticed a number of them on board his ship and tried to carry 
them to Spain. But the Indians preferred death to captivity ; they all 
refused to partake of any food, and thus died of voluntary starvation. The 
scene of this occurrence is within the present borders of South Carolina. 


1. What is said of the sixteenth century of the world's history? 

2. What was the condition of the "new world" ? What people laid 
claim to the American continent, and why ? 

3. Who was Queen of England, and what was the condition of her 
kingdom ? What was Queen Elizabeth's trouble with the Pope of Rome ? 

4. What is said of Queen Elizabeth as a ruler? 

5. What other traits of character did she possess ? 

6. What interesting circumstance is related of the queen ? 

7. Who was the young man, and what did the queen think of him ? 

8. What was the character of Walter Raleigh ? 

0. To whom did he communicate his plans ? What did the queen 
grant to these two men ? When was the first expedition started, and with 
what result? 

10. How did sailors of that period regard the Atlantic Ocean? 

11. What occurred in 1583 ? What island was discovered ? What dis- 
aster befell the expedition ? 

12. What did the dawn of day reveal? What were the names of the 
two ships ? 





A. D. 1584 TO 1585. 

1584. When the little ship Hind reached England, and 
it was known how Sir Humphrey Gilbert and so many of his 
men had gone down into the depths of that mysterious ocean 
which was so much dreaded, there was great grief; and, possibly 
many bitter speeches from the people who stayed at home and 
predicted disaster to the daring scheme first originated by 
Walter Raleigh. He was sorely afflicted at the loss of his 
brother and men, and had he been weak or selfish he would 
have gone to his grave bewailing his loss, but venturing on 
no more such strange and unusual projects. 

2. He had lost many thousands of dollars (about £40,000 
sterling), in the foundered ships ; and many a gallant friend 
that had trusted him and cheered him in his mighty schemes, 
was gone to come no more. But the hearts of heroes are not 
cast in common moulds. Instead of abandoning his enter- 
prise he obtained, on March 25, 1584, letters-patent from the 
queen favoring his undertaking, and at once began to fit out 
another fleet. This consisted of two vessels, and they were 
put under the command of Philip Amadas (A-ma'das) and 
Arthur Barlowe (Bar'lo). 

3. This fleet sailed from England on the 27th clay of April, 
1584, and, avoiding the dangers of drift-ice in the northern 

Note. — The queen's "Letters-Patent" to Raleigh gave him ''Free liberty 
to discover such remote heathen and barbarous lands not actually possessed 
by any Christian prince, nor inhabited by Christian people." 


waters, steered for the Canary Islands and the West Indies. 
They had the good fortune to miss all interference from the 
Spanish cruisers, which were so dangerous to English vessels 
sailing at that day upon this course. On the 14th day of 
July they encountered the coast of North Carolina, probably 
at a point just north of Old Topsail Inlet. They continued 
northward along the low, barren barriers of sand which 
divide the waters of the ocean from those of Pamlico (Pam f - 
li-co) and Croatan (Cro'a-tan) Sounds, and, two days later, 
came to anchor off an island called Wocoken ( Wo-co'ken), in 
what was an inlet at that day. 

4. They called this place Trinity Harbor. Across the 
desolate sand ridges were fair landlocked waters, and great 
forests that sent far out to sea the odors of countless flowers. 
The weary toilers who had sailed so far, with nothing to look 
upon but the sky and the great stretehes of the sea, were 
charmed with the richness of the vegetation, the balmy air, 
and the ceaseless songs of the mocking birds. 

5. For two whole days it seemed that the country was 
uninhabited, for no one had been seen by the Englishmen. 
At the expiration of that period they saw a canoe approach- 
ing from the north, in which were three Indians. One of 
them landed and came down the beach towards the ships. By 
signs he was invited aboard the vessels, and went with the 
white men to survey their wonders. 

6. It must have been a notable day in this Indian's life, 
when, for the first time he, who had seen nothing of the kind 
larger than his canoe, beheld the tall poops, the towering 
masts and the great sails of vessels that had come from such 
distant lands beyond the seas. Nothing so terrified and aston- 
ished the Indians of that day as the roar of artillery. It was 


something entirely beyond their comprehension, and filled 
them with terror. They had no guns or knowledge of their 
use. So, when a cannon was fired they were ready to believe 
that men who could do such things were possessed of super- 
natural powers. 

7. As a return for their kindness the Indian took his canoe 
and showed the white men how to catch fish. In a half hour 
he had nearly filled his boat with those delicious fishes which 
have always so remarkably abounded in all the waters of that 
portion of North Carolina. By signs he made known his 
wish that they should be divided between the men of the two 
ships, and then he took his departure. 

8. The next day many Indians came to the ships. Among 
them was Granganimeo [Gran-gan'i-meo), a brother of the 
chief who ruled in that portion of the country. He reported 
that his brother was sick. He was a man of the utmost 
kindness and good faith, and was in marked contrast to 
Wingina (Win-gi ; na), the Indian king, who was full of sus- 
picion and duplicity. The Indians were clothed in mantles 
and deer-skin aprons. They were gentle, unsuspicious and 
patterns of hospitality. A few days later Amadas, with 
eight of his men in a boat, visited the home of Granganimeo, 
about twenty miles distant, on the shore of Roanoke {Ro'a- 
noke f ) Island. The chief was not at home, but his wife gave 
the men a cordial and hospitable reception. She prepared a 
feast for them, of fruits, melons, fish and venison and showed 
them every kindness. 

Note. — The Indians were greatly amazed at the sight of gunpowder, 
the cause of all the noise in the artillery. On one of their expeditions 
they captured a quantity of powder from the colonists, and, to increase the 
supply, they made rows in the ground and carefully planted the black 
grains of powder, expecting to reap a full harvest of it in season. 


9. Atnadasand Barlowe proceeded, in the presence of many 
Indians, to lay claim to the country for their queen. This 

whole pageant was probably a dumb show to the astonished 
and ignorant natives. Thev neither knew nor cared what 
the white men were celebrating with beating drums, flaunting 
banners and salvoes of artillery. 

10. This expedition had not been sent with any purpose of 
settlement ; so, in a few weeks after the ceremony of taking 
possession, the fleet weighed anchor and sailed back to Europe. 
They carried with them a large cargo of skins and valuable 
woods, which they had obtained in trading with the Indians. 
These men also carried to England the first knowledge of the 
potato and tobacco. 

11. With their own consent, two Indians, named Manteo 
(Man'te-o) and Wanchese ( Wan-ehee'ze), were taken aboard 
and carried to England, that they might see something of the 
world across the sea. They afforded a singular test of human 
nature. They were both of equal culture and advantages, 
and yet, by the voyage to England, Manteo became the friend, 
and Wanchese the implacable enemy of the white men. 

12. Queen Elizabeth was greatly pleased at the glorious 
descriptions of the new country as given by the returned 
mariners ; also at the accounts of the abundance of excellent 
fruit, vines hanging with luscious grapes, great forests of 
rich shrubbery and bright flowers and she gave the country 
the name of Virginia, in honor of herself, the "Virgin Queen." 

1585. 13. Walter Raleigh was, soon after, elected a mem- 
ber of Parliament in the House of Commons, of which body 
he became a leader. The queen, in recognition of his services, 
confirmed his patent, and, in* conferring upon him the honor 
of knighthood, made him Sir Walter Raleigh. 



1. How did the people of England receive the news of Sir Humphrey 
Gilbert's death ? How did it affect Ealeigh ? 

2. What had the expeditions cost him ? Who did he next send out to 
the new world ? 

3. When did this fleet leave England ? Describe their course and 
trace it on the map ? When did they reach the coast of North Carolina ? 
Where did they land ? Can you point out this place on the map ? 

4. What did they name this place ? What is said of the new land ? 

5. What occurred on the second day of their arrival ? 

6. How did this visit impress the Indian ? How were the Indians 
affected by the roar of the artillery ? 

7. What return did the Indian make for the kindness of the white 

8. Who next visited the ships ? What kind of man was he ? How 
did this Indian's wife treat the white men ? Locate Koanoke Island on the 

9. What formal ceremony did Amadas and Barlowe conduct? 

10. What did the ships carry back to Europe? 

11. What two Indians were taken on a visit to England ? How was 
each of them affected by the visit ? 

12. What account did the mariners give of the new country ? W T hat 
did Queen Elizabeth think of the description ? What name did she give 
to the new country, and why ? 

13. Of what body did Raleigh soon become a member ? What title 
was then conferred upon him, and why ? 



A. D. 1585 TO 1586. 

We cannot easily realize, in our day, what excitement 
and enthusiasm followed in England when the two ships 
sailed safely back and exhibited the Indians, the potatoes, 
the tobacco and other unknown productions that had been 
gathered by Amadas and Barlowe, to prove the value and 
fertility of the newly-discovered land. It is strange, but 
true, that more value was set upon the discovery of the sassa- 
fras tree than upon anything else, and wonderful things were 
expected of its virtues as a tea, a medicine and for the manu- 
facture of perfume. 

2. Sir Walter Raleigh hastened to send over a colony of 
men to take possession of Roanoke. Ralph Lane, a gentle- 
man of courage and experience, was appointed Governor. 
The seven ships conveying the emigrants and the two Indians 
who had visited England, sailed on the 9th of April ; they were 

Note. — Sir Walter Raleigh planted some of the potatoes upon his own 
estate, and found them very palatable. Other people afterwards obtained 
seed from him, and now the potato forms a principal part of the food of 
Ireland. Raleigh was also the first Englishman who ever used tobacco. 
An amusing incident is related of his using it. His servant entered the 
room one day, bringing a mug of ale, while Raleigh was enjoying his pipe 
and tobacco, and the smoke was issuing from his mouth and filling the 
room. The servant, thinking that his master was on fire, immediately 
dashed the ale in his face and ran out, crying for help, for his master 
"would be burnt to ashes." 


commanded by Sir Richard Grenville (Gi'en'vil), who was a 
cousin of Raleigh's, and famous for his bravery and skill as 
an admiral. 

3. This fleet also came over by the southern route, and was 
in considerable danger off' Cape Fear during a great storm, 
but the ships all safely rode out the gale, and, on the 26th of 
June, 1585, they dropped their anchors in Trinity Harbor, 
off the coast where the fleet had lain during the visit of the 
previous year. News of their arrival was sent to Wingina, 
at Roanoke Island. 

4. Governor Lane had one hundred and seven men to 
remain with him, among whom was Thomas Harriot, the 
celebrated mathematician and historian. With these colonists 
he landed upon Roanoke Island, and began to build and for- 
tify a town, which he named the "City of Raleigh." The 
island is twelve miles long and about four broad, and is 
to this day fertile and pleasant as a place of residence. It 
then abounded in game, and countless and choice varieties of 
fishes were to be caught in the sounds and sea at all seasons 
of the year. • ■ 

5. Admiral Grenville was active during his stay at Roan- 
oke in visiting many Indian towns and in exploring the 
many broad waters that are found connected with one another 
in that portion of North Carolina. On a trip up Neuse 
River he lost a silver cup, which was stolen from him during 
his stay at an Indian town. The passionate sea captain, in a 
rage, demanded its restitution by the Indians, whom he 
charged with stealing it. They did not comply, and he, with 
great imprudence and injustice, burned the whole village. 

6. This was the first taste afforded the Indians of how 
harshly they might expect to be treated, and, though no war 


followed immediately, they neither forgot nor forgave Gren- 
ville's punishment. He was, during much of his life, 
engaged in hostilities at sea with the Spaniards, and fought 
many hard battles. At last, after a desperate struggle with a 
Spanish fleet, he was captured, and the next day died of his 

7. Governor Lane, after the admiral's departure, continued 
his explorations. He ascended the Chowan River to near the 
mouth of the Nottoway. Instead of clearing fields and 
making provisions for his people, he was laboriously search- 
ing for gold mines and jewels. He was told by the chief of 
the Chowanoke Indians that such things abounded along the 
upper reaches of Roanoke River (then called the " Mara- 
tock"), and that the head-waters of that stream extended to 
within an arrow's flight of a great ocean to the west, and 
along the banks of the river lived a very superior and wealthy 
race of people, whose walled cities glittered with pearls and 

8. Fired in imagination by this false and wicked Indian 
story, preparations were made for a journey in boats, longer 
than had yet been attempted. They found the swift current 
of the Roanoke difficult to ascend, and their provisions were 
exhausted by the time they had reached where the town of 
Williamstou now stands. They could procure none from the 
Tuscaroras, who dwelt upon the banks, and, while in this 
dilemma, the savages made a night attack upon their camp. 

9. Thus perished Governor Lane's dreams of gold. He 
hurried back to Roanoke and soon found the hostility of the 
Tuscaroras extending to the tribe under Wingina. Gran- 
ganimeo was dead, and Manteo was the only Indian of any 
influence who manifested friendship for the colonists. They 



had previously brought an abundance of fish, game and fruits; 
but all was changed, and Governor Lane realized that he was 
surrounded by a people who had become his enemies. 

10. By some means, he discovered that Wingina was con- 
certing with the Tuscaroras for an attack upon Roanoke 
Island. Concealing this knowledge, he invited the unsus- 
pecting plotter to come, with certain of his people, to a feast 
at the City of Raleigh. They came and were seized, and 
Wingina, with eight of his head-men, was put to death. 

11. This was a stern and bloody punishment of his foes, 
but it gave the white men deliverance from attack, until Sir 
Francis Drake came, with a large fleet, and anchored in 
Trinity Harbor, finding the colony almost in a perishing 

1586. 12. Ralph Lane was not a hero, but Francis Drake 
was. If the Governor lacked resolution, no man ever sup- 
posed the great admiral deficient in this respect. After long 
consultation, Drake approved the resolution of the colonists 
to abandon the settlement, and taking them aboard his ships, 
he steered for England, leaving the City of Raleigh unten- 
anted. Thus failed the first attempt at forming a permanent 
settlement upon this great territory forming the present limits 
of the United States. 


1. What occurred in England on the return of the ships? Mention 
some things exhibited by the mariners? 

2. What did Sir W'alter Raleigh next do? Who was appointed Gov- 
ernor ? Who commanded the expedition ? 

3. What was the route of the fleet? When and where did they land ? 

4. How many men were landed upon Roanoke Island ? What did they 
name their city? Describe Roanoke Island. Point it out on the map. 

*5. Mention some of Grenville's exploits during his stay. 


<>. What did the Indians think of this treatment? What finally became 
of ( rrenville ? 

7. How did Governor Lane occupy himself? Trace the course of 
Chowan River on the map. What wonderful story was told Lane by the 

Indians? Find Roanoke River on the map. 

S. How did Lane regard this story? (live an account of his expedi- 
tion up the Roanoke River. 

9. What did Governor Lane find to be the condition of affairs upon his 
return to the settlement ? 

10. What plot was discovered ? How did Governor Lane prevent it ? 

11. What was the effect of this treatment? What help arrived from 
England ? 

12. What did the colonists resolve to do ? What is said of this attempt 
to found a colon v ? 



A. D. 1586 TO 1590, 

It must have been a sore trial to Sir Walter Raleigh 
when he learned that his colonists had returned to England. 
He had sent over a ship with abundant supplies, which 
reached Roanoke only a few days after Sir Francis Drake 
sailed aw T ay with his fleet. Finding no white people upon 
the island, the ships returned to England. Sir Richard Gren- 
ville also touched at the same point, with other ships, about 
fifteen days later. The folly, avarice and timidity of agents 
have, in all ages, crippled the noblest efforts for human 

2. Sir Richard Grenville left fifteen men in the fort built 
at Roanoke by Lane, lest the English claim to the country 
should be lost, through want of its being occupied. They 
were soon to fall victims to Indian vengeance, after the stout 
old admiral had hoisted his sails and gone in search of Spanish 
treasure ships. 

1587. 3. Once again, in 1587, Raleigh collected a fleet of 
transports, and, with John White as Governor, about one 
hundred and fifty men, women and' children, went to Roanoke 
for permanent settlement. They brought over farming im- 
plements, wisely determining to give up the useless search 
for gold, and to look to husbandry as a means of livelihood in 
their new home. On arriving at Roanoke, no trace of Gren- 
ville's colonists was found, except a single skeleton which lay 
bleaching in the sun, in front of one of the cabins. 


4. Sir Walter Raleigh had ordered White to go to Hamp- 
ton Roads, in the region of Chesapeake (Che88 f a-peak) Bay, 
instead of Roanoke, but this command was disregarded under 
the plea that their pilot, a Spaniard, would not show the way. 
But as Governor Lane had sent a party there the year before, 
the location must have been known to others of the expedi- 
tion besides Fernando, the pilot. It was like everything else 
done by John White while connected with the effort of coloni- 
zation — very foolish and culpable. 

5. Manteo was still the warm friend of the English, and, 
with his mother, welcomed them to his home on Croatan. 
He was, as a reward for his faithful services, baptized by 
order of Sir Walter Raleigh, and created a nobleman, with the 
title of "Lord of Roanoke," which was the first title of nobility 
ever conferred by the English in America. 

6. Governor White had, among the colonists, a daughter 
named Eleanor, wife of Ananias Dare, one of his assistants. 
On August 18th, five days after their arrival, she gave birth to 
a little girl, who, in honor of the land of her birth, was named 
"Virginia Dare." This is about all we know of the little girl, 
who will ever be famous as the first of all the children born 
to English-speaking people within the borders of the United 
States. One of the counties of this State bears her name, and 
includes in its area the scene of her birth. 

7. Governor White had been at Roanoke only a few weeks, 
when he became convinced that he should at once return to 
England in the interest of the people he had been sent over 
to govern. He said they would need provisions and additions 
to their numbers, and a larger supply of implements of civil- 
ized life. 


8. He should have manifested even more haste to return, 
as members of his own family were included among the lieges 
who were at Roanoke looking to him for guidance and safety 
amid so many dangers. But when he reached England, and 
Raleigh had furnished him with two ships, with men and 
stores for his speedy return, John White found excuse for long 
delay before visiting the stormy neighborhood of Cape 

9. When he was ready to sail for America a great Spanish 
fleet, called the "Invincible Armada," was drawing near the 
English coast, with the avowed purpose of dethroning the 
queen and subjugating the people. John White preferred to 
take the chances of plunder in the coming engagement to 
fulfilling his duty to the poor people at Roanoke, who were 
waiting so anxiously for his return. 

10. British heroism drove off and destroyed the great Span- 
ish fleet, and Governor White, with his ships, joined in pur- 
suit of the fugitives. He gained neither gold nor glory, but 
was so battered that his ships had to be carried into port and 
repaired before they were fit to venture on a voyage across the 
Atlantic Ocean. Sir Walter Raleigh expressed very great 
displeasure at the conduct of Governor White. 

1590. 11- In this way, three years had elapsed before 
Governor White went back to Roanoke. He found the City 
of Raleigh as desolate as upon his first arrival. There was 
no trace of the people left, except the word "Croatan," 
carved upon a tree. It had been agreed that if the colony 
should find it necessary to remove before his return, they 
would thus designate the place to which they had gone. 

12. Croatan was a peninsular about fifty miles from Roanoke 
Island, and Governor White had good reason to believe that 


the people whom he left had gone there ; but he sailed down 
the coast in sight of the place, and went back to England with 
no further efforts to discover the nature of their fate. Thus 
again, Roanoke was left to the savage and the wild beast, h 
will never be known what became of the colonists. Their 
fate is one of those sealed secrets which will only be known 
when all our ignorance shall be enlightened, and the sea gives 
up its dead 

Note. — There was a tradition among the Indians, that these people, 
after great suffering for food, were adopted by the Hatteras tribe of Indians. 
and became mingled with them ; and, it is said that later generations of 
these Indians possessed many physical characteristics which indicated ;i 
mixture of the European and Indian races but this may be, after all, fan- 
ciful surmises of the early historian. 


1. What ships had been sent over to relieve the colony ? 

2. How did Grenville continue Pmglish claims to Roonoke ? What was 
the fate of his settlers ? 

3. What was Raleigh's next attempt at settlement ? Who was appointed 
Governor? How many people composed the colony? How was this 
colony better prepared for permanent settlement than any of its prede- 
cessors ? 

4. Where had White been ordered to make settlement? Point out 
Hampton Roads on the map. Why did he land at Roanoke Island ? 

5. What is said of Manteo ? 

6. What is said of little Virginia Dare ? How is her name still honored 
in this State? 

7. What did Governor White do in a few weeks after bis arrival at 
Roanoke ? 

8. What was furnished to him on his arrival at England? Did heat 
once go back to relieve the colonists ? 

9. Why did not Governor White immediately return to his suffering 
people ? 


10. What became of the "Spanish Armada" ? How did Governor 
White become engaged in this conflict? 

11. How long was Governor White away from Roanoke ? What did 
he find on his return ? What is supposed to have been the meaning of the 
word "Croatan" ? 

12. Where is "Croatan" ? Can you locate it on the map ? Did Gov- 
ernor White go to this place to seek his people? Was any settlement on 
Roanoke at this time ? 


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A. D. 1590 TO 1653. 

The whole story of the attempted settlement on Roanoke 
Island is one of the world's deepest tragedies. Misfortune 
seemed to be the doom, not only of the colonists, but of many 
gallant men who sought to aid Sir Walter Raleigh in his 
enterprise. Sir Humphrey Gilbert, with two of his ships, 
was the first to perish at sea ; Sir Francis Drake and his 
compeer, Sir John Hawkins, both died of pestilence in the 
West Indies; and, to the baffled and broken-hearted originator 
of the scheme, the coming years were to grow black with dis- 
aster and death. 

2. With the loss of Governor White's colony, Raleigh found 
that his expenditures had greatly impaired his wealth. He 
had lost more than two hundred thousand dollars, and was no 
longer able to fit out the costly and fruitless expeditions. It 
must have been a bitter pang to his proud heart when he was 
forced to solicit aid from others, by joining them in the rights 
and privileges granted him by the queen in his charter. 

1002—3. 3. Raleigh found his greatest disaster in the 
death of Elizabeth. After ruling England so wisely and well 
for more than fifty years, she came to her death on March 

Note. — It must also be remembered that money in the sixteenth cen- 
tury was worth at least five times more than at present. Forty thousand 
pounds expended by Sir Walter Raleigh would, at that time, purchase 
about what one million of dollars would now command in England or the 
United States. 



24th, about 1602. The grand and lion-hearted woman left 
her throne to one of the most paltry and contemptible of 

4. King James I. was an ungainly Scotch pedant, who 
was incapable of appreciating heroism and manliness in 
others, because of his own deficiency in all such qualities. 
He lavished favors and titles on unworthy favorites, and 
incurred the contempt of wise men for his folly and vices. 

1618. 5. Sir Walter Raleigh had long warred upon the 
Spaniards as the enemies of his country. The King of Spain 
hated him on that account, and King James, to please his 
Catholic majesty and secure the marriage of his son to a 
Spanish princess, caused Sir Edward Coke to procure the 
wrongful conviction of his greatest subject. After lying in 
prison for twelve years, on this false accusation, Raleigh was 
executed, at the age of sixty-five, as a traitor to the land for 
whose good he had accomplished more than any one else in 
all its limits. 

6. Thus suffered and died the man who first sent ships and 
men to the soil of North Carolina. That he failed in what 

Note. — Sir Walter Raleigh occupied the twelve years of his imprison- 
ment in writing a "History of the World." This was an able work, but 
gave great offence to King James, who endeavored to suppress its circula- 
tion. When Raleigh was carried to execution, while on the scaffold, he 
asked to see the axe. He closely examined its bright, keen edge, and said, 
with a smile : "This is a sharp medicine, but a sound cure for all diseases." 
He then laid his head composedly on the block, moved his lips as if in 
prayer, and gave the signal for the blow. Although Raleigh had expended 
so much time and money in attempting to form a settlement in America, 
and notwithstanding his pleasure in hearing the descriptions of the beau- 
tiful country given by his navigators, and the very great interest he mani- 
fested in everything pertaining to the new world, we have no record that 
he ever visited the shores of North America. 


he desired to accomplish, should not detract from the grati- 
tude and reverence which are due to his memory. If incom- 
petent and unworthy agents, and the accidents of fortune, 
thwarted him in his designs, the fault was not his. He was 
the greatest and most illustrious man connected with our 
annals as a State, and should ever receive the applause and 
remembrance of our people. 

7. After the death of Sir Walter Raleigh, there were made 
no more efforts to plant a colony at Roanoke. The spot was 
never favorable for such a purpose. No coast in the world is 
much more dangerous to ships than that of North Carolina. 
Cape Hatteras is even now the dread of all mariners. It is 
visited by many storms, and sends its deadly sand bars for 
fifteen miles out into the ocean, to surprise and wreck the ill- 
fated vessel that has approached too near the coast. 

8. Governor Lane, while at Roanoke, discovered the broad, 
deep inlet and safe anchorage at Hampton Roads. This port 
lies but little to the north of that inlet where Amadas and 
Barlowe so fatally halted on the first English visit to Caro- 
lina. Into Hampton Roads, in 1607. went another colony, 
sent over by men who had succeeded the unfortunate Raleigh 
in the royal permission to plant settlements in America. To 
the genius and bravery of Captain John Smith was due the 
permanence of the settlement at Jamestown. The name of 
"Virginia," which had been applied to all the territory claimed 
by England under the discoveries of Gilbert and Raleigh, 
was then confined to the colony on James River. 

9. In the lapse of a few years many places on the Atlantic- 
coast were occupied by expeditions sent out from England 
and other nations of Europe. Those of England at Plymouth 
(Pliiriuth), of the Dutch at New Amsterdam (Am'ster-dam), 


and of the Swedes in New Jersey, were speedily seen in 
America, while yet roamed the Tuscarora in undisturbed 
possession of North Carolina. 

10. As Virginia grew populous, there were found the usual 
oppressions in that colony that beset and impair the useful- 
ness of all human governments. There, as elsewhere, men 
were troubled about what they believed in regard to religion. 
If people did not conform to the "English Church" they were 
punished by fine and imprisonment. Sometimes cruel whip- 
pings became the portion of preachers who were found promul- 
gating Quaker and Baptist doctrines. Sir William Berkeley 
(Berk'ly), who was Governor of Virginia, had no authority 
over men who dwelt in the region south of a line a few miles 
below where the ships approached the inland waters of 

11. When this became known many people around the 
Nansemond (Nan' se-mond) River and elsewhere, went south- 
ward towards the Albemarle Sound, where the tyrant of 
Virginia had no jurisdiction. 

1653. 12. In this way Roger Green, in 1653, led a con- 
siderable colony to the banks of the Chowan and Roanoke 
Rivers ; but,' even before this, there were probably scattered 
settlements over most of all the region north of the Albemarle 
Sound, of which we have no reliable account. 


1. What is said of the attempted settlement upon Roanoke Island ? 

2. What had the expedition cost Raleigh ? 

3. What was Raleigh's greatest loss ? 

4. Who succeeded Queen Elizabeth ? What kind of a man was King 
James I. ? 

5. What new trouble came upon Raleigh? Describe his punishment 
and death ? 


(>. How should the people of North Carolina ever think of Sir Walter 
Raleigh ? 

7. Were any further efforts made to plant a colony at Roanoke? Whal 

is said of the place? 

&. What safer anchorage had Governor Lane discovered ? What colony 
entered Hampton Roads in 1607 ? What town was settled in Virginia, and 
by whom? To what locality was the name "Virginia" then confined'/ 

9. Mention some settlements made on the Atlantic coast about this time ? 

10. What persecutions were common in Virginia? Over what section 
of country did Governor Berkeley have no authority ? 

11. When this became known to the people what did many of them do ? 

12. What settlement was made by Roger Green, and when? Were 
there anv settlements in North Carolina before this time? 




A. D. 1663. 

After the discovery of North Carolina, in 1584, by Araadas 
and Barlowe, many years had gone by when the period now 
reached in this narrative became a portion of the world's his- 
tory. Not only had King James laid down the sceptre in 
death, but his own son had died in the same manner as Sir 
Walter Raleigh. Instead of ruling a realm, King Charles 
I. had been beheaded as a traitor to the land he pretended to 
rule. His sou had been restored to the throne after the death 
of Oliver Cromwell, and thus again royal benefits and boun- 
ties became possible and fashionable. 

2. Many men in England had heard of the goodly land which 
was being peopled around Albemarle Sound, beyond the 
jurisdiction of Governor Berkeley. He, too, with his bitter 
and envenomed soul, took part in a scheme which was to give 
him some authority over the refugees who had imagined 
themselves beyond the reach of his cruel rule. 

1663. 3. In the year 1663 His Majesty Charles II., King 
of England, France and Ireland, granted to George, Duke of 
Albemarle; Edward, Earl of Clarendon; William, Earl of 
Craven; John, Lord Berkeley; Anthony, Lord Ashley; Sir 
George Carteret, John Colleton and Sir William Berkeley, as 
"Lords Proprietors/' all the territory south of the lands not 
already granted to the province of Virginia, down to the 
Spanish line of Florida. 


4. There were some remarkable men among these titular 
overseers of the land we now inhabit. The Duke of Albe- 
marle had been General George Monk before the restoration 
of King Charles, and was made a great man on account of 
his part in that transaction. He was dull and heavy, and 
only famous by the accidents of fortune. 

5. Very different was the astute lawyer, Edward Hyde, 
who, for his abilities, was made the Earl of Clarendon and 
Lord High Chancellor of England. He was a selfish and 
crafty man, and lost his offices in his old age, but had two 
granddaughters who became Queens of Great Britain. 

6. Lord Ashley afterward became the Earl of Shaftsbury 
and will ever be remembered for the part he bore in estab- 
lishing the writ of habeas corpus, as a part of the British 
constitution, and also as being hero in the famous poem writ- 
ten by John Dryden, called " Absalom and Achitophel." He 
was a bold, able and profligate man, who marred great abili- 
ties by greater vices. He combined within himself all that 
is dangerous and detestable in an artful politician. 

7. Sir William Berkeley, then Governor of the province of 
Virginia, was another of these Lords Proprietors. He was 
the embodiment of the cruelty and religious prejudice of that 
age. He whipped and imprisoned people who worshipped 
God in a way different from what pleased him; and he was 
immortalized by the remark of King Charles II., who said of 
him: "That old fool has taken more lives without offence in 
that naked country, than I, in all England, for the murder of 
my father." 

Note. — Governor Berkeley exhibited some traits of bis character by 
saying, while Governor of Virginia: "I thank <;<><! there are no fret' 
schools nor printing here, and I hope we shall have none of them these 
hundred vears." 


8. To these men, as Lord Proprietors, a great territory was 
granted, which they called "Carolina/' in compliment to King 
Charles II. All of them except Governor Berkeley lived in 
England, but they were to rule the new country and to sell 
the lands at the highest rate of money they could get, with a 
tax of seventy -five cents on each hundred acres, to be paid 
every year as a quit rent. 

9. Many fine promises were made to the English, and other 
people, to induce them to go to Carolina and settle. Freedom 
to worship God in the way that seemed best to each individual, 
was especially held out to poor sufferers like John Bunyan, 
who, in those days, were too often kept for long years in loath- 
some prisons because of their differing with the civil magis- 
trates as to certain matters of faith and practice in the churcjies. 

10. In this way many men, who were Quakers and Bap- 
tists, had already gone to the region around the Albemarle 
Sound; and others followed from various inducements. Their 
settlements were known as the " Albemarle Colony." The 
whole country was still roamed over by Indians, and even in 
Albemarle, the rude farm-houses were widely scattered. 

11. There was not even a village in the new province. No 
churches, court-houses or schools were to be seen; but the men 

Note. — Religious persecution was very great throughout all the Ameri- 
can colonies. It had been decreed in some of the New England colonies 
that Quakers, upon coming into the province, should have their tongues 
bored with a hot iron, and be banished. Any person bringing a Quaker 
into the province was fined one hundred pounds sterling (about $500), and 
the Quaker was given twenty lashes and imprisoned at hard labor. In 
Virginia the persecutions were equally as bad, if not worse, and some of 
the punishments were almost as severe as Indian tortures. The Assembly 
of this colony (Virginia) levied upon all Quakers, a monthly tax of one 
hundred dollars. 


and women of that day loved liberty. They also sought 

farms and homes of their own, and consented to undergo 
danger from the Indians, and the privations of lonely homo 
in the forest, in preference to the poverty and oppression which 
they found in England, as well as in many portions of 

12. It can hardly be realized, amid the present luxuries 
and enjoyments of the American people, what lonely and 
dangerous homes were to be found in North Carolina in the 
year 1663. For three thousand miles from their new homes 
lay the great forest toward the setting sun. In this forest 
were cruel and crafty Indians, who were always averse to the 
occupation of their land by white people. Under such cir- 
cumstances, were brave men laying the foundations of a great 
and beneficent civilization. The wild and purposeless Indians 
were to give place to thronging cities, teeming fields and busy 
highways, of a people ultimately numbering many millions 
of souls in the sum of their population. 


1. What period have we now reached in our history? What changes 
had taken place in the English government ? 

2. In what new scheme do we find Governor Berkeley taking part? 

3. What new grant of this territory was made in 1663? What was the 
new government called ? 

4. What kind of man was George, Duke of Albemarle? 

5. Who was Edward, Earl of Clarendon ? 

6. Who was Lord Ashley ? What was his character ? 

7. What was Governor Berkeley's character? What was said of him by 
King Charles II. ? 

8. What name was given to the territory now granted ? In whose honor 
was Carolina named ? Where did the Lords Proprietors live? What tax 
was to be paid to them ? 



9. What inducements were offered to the English to go to Carolina and 
settle ? Why was "religious freedom" an inducement for them to leave 
their comfortable homes and settle in a savage country ? 

10. What two religious sects had emigrated to this section? What did 
they call their colony? 

11. What was the condition of the colony? What sacrifices had the 
colonists made, and why ? 

12. How did the condition of the colonists differ from ours? 

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A. D. 1663 TO 1667. 

King Charles II., who thus parceled out this vast domin- 
ion to a few of his friends, was in marked contrast, as a sov- 
ereign, to Queen Elizabeth. With really no care for the people 
he assumed to govern, he was a gay, dissolute, shameless liber- 
tine, who despised all that is valuable in human duties, and 
spent his life in the paltriest amusements. He could be polite 
and entertaining in conversation, but abundantly justified 
Lord Rochester's remark that " he never did a wise thing or 
said a foolish one." 

2. Under instructions from the other Lords Proprietors, 
Sir William Berkeley, in 1663, appointed William Drummond 
the first "Governor of Albemarle." He was a Scotch settler 
in Virginia, and was a man deserving the respect and confi- 
dence of the people whom he had been sent to govern. He 
was plain and prudent in his style of life, and seems to have 
given satisfaction to the people, who had been previously 
living entirely uncontrolled by law or magistrate. 

3. After a short stay in Carolina, he returned to Virginia, 
and was put to death, with many others, by Governor Berkeley, 
for complicity in " Bacon's Rebellion." This tragic culmi- 
nation of the ruthless old baronet's cruelties was the occasion 
of the bitter censure by the king, already recorded. Gov- 
ernor Drummond is commemorated by the lake in the Dismal 
Swamp which still bears his name. 

4. It was discovered soon after the king's grant to the Lords 
Proprietors, that a belt of land extending southward from the 


present Virginia line to a point parallel with the mouth of 
Chowan River, and extending indefinitely west, was not in- 
cluded in that charter; so, in 1665 another paper passed the 
seals, including this strip of territory with North Carolina. 

5. In 1663 there was an expedition formed in the island of 
Barbadoes, which came to the shores of Carolina and explored 
the courses of the north-east branch of the Cape Fear River. 
The planters purchased a considerable tract of land from the 
Indians and took steps towards the formation of a settlement. 

6. This adventure was headed by John Yeamans ( Ya'mans). 
He was a young man of good connections in England. His 
father had been Sheriff of the City of Bristol during the war 
of King Charles I. with Parliament, and was put to death by 
the order of Fairfax on account of his stubborn defense of 
his city in the king's behalf. 

1665. 7. Yeamans had come to the west to repair his 
broken fortunes. He went back to Barbadoes, but the next 
year returned with a colony which was seated at Old Town, 
in the present county of Brunswick, and their settlement was 
afterwards known as the "Clarendon Colony." This village, 
which was called Charlestown, soon came to number eight hun- 
dred inhabitants ; but was, ere long, to be deserted, when Sir 
John Yeamans, who had been knighted, was ordered by the 
Lords Proprietors to Cooper and Ashley Rivers. 

8. There had been, as early as 1660, a New England set- 
tlement in the same vicinity of the village on the Cape Fear; 
but this colony incurred the resentment of the Indians, it is 
said, by kidnaping their children under the pretense of send- 
ing them to Boston to be educated ; and the colonists were all 
gone when the men from Barbadoes visited the Cape Fear. 


1667. 9. In the three years of Governor Drummond's 
stay in Albemarle there was entire satisfaction manifested by 
the people with his rule, and also that of the Lords Proprie- 
tors. He exerted himself to arrange matters so as not to 
disturb the titles acquired in the time previous to the king's 
"■rant ; and there was full sympathy between him and the 
class represented by George Durant. 

10. This sturdy Quaker had, years before, bought from 
the Yeoppim ( Yop'pim) Indians his place known as "Durant's 
Neck," on Perquimans (Per-quim f tins) River ; and he was a 
leader in wealth and influence among the settlers. He was 
prosperous in his affairs, and largely controlled the views of 
the people belonging to his religious sect. 

11. The rivers were full of fish every spring, and with 
little trouble, large supplies were caught in the nets and weirs. 
Indian corn, tobacco and lumber were sent in vessels to New 7 
England and the West Indies. In this way sugar, coffee and 
rum were brought to Albemarle, and an active trade grew up, 
which was almost wholly conducted by the New England 

12. These vessels all passed through the inlet at Nag's 
Head, where, as late as 1729, twenty-five feet of water was 
found upon the bar. This afforded entrance to ships of con- 
siderable size. Cape Hatteras (Hat'ter-as) was then, as now, 
a place of great peril to the ships, and many were wrecked 
upon the terrible outlying sand bars; but this did not deter 
the brave mariners from the trade which they found was 
growing each year more profitable. 



1. What was the character of King Charles II. ? What was said of him 
by Lord Rochester? 

2. Who was appointed the first Governor of Albemarle? What kind 
of man was he? 

3. What was the manner of Governor Drnmmond's death? How is 
his name commemorated in the State? 

4. What additional piece of land was given to the Lords Proprietors in 

5. What expedition came to Carolina in 1663 ? 

6. Who lead this expedition ? Who was John Yeamans? 

7. What was the object of Yeamans' visit? What colony did he form 
in 1665 ? Where was it located ? What is the history of this colony ? 

8. What previous settlement had been made in this same vicinity? 
Why was it deserted? 

O. How had the people of Albemarle been pleased with the adminis- 
tration of Governor Drnmmond ? 

10. Who was George Durant ? Point out u Dnrant's Neck" on the map. 

11. Give some account of the prosperity of Albemarle ? What vessels 
conducted the trade ? 

12. Through what inlet did the vessels enter the sound? Describe the 
neighborhood of Cape Hatteras. 




A. D. 1667 TO 1674, 

It did not suit Sir William Berkeley's ideas of propriety to 
leave such a good man as William Drumruond long in 
command as Governor of Albemarle. In 1667 Governor 
Stephens was sent to take his place. He was a ruler of nega- 
tive qualities, and probably did his best for the interests of the 
province, so far as consistent with a keen regard for instruc- 
tions from the Lords Proprietors. 

1668. 2. The government, in his day, consisted of the 
Governor, his council, and twenty members of the House of 
Assembly, elected by the freeholders. Every white man ha ving 
an estate of inheritance, or for life, in fifty acres of land, was a 
freeholder. There was no check at that day upon this gov- 
ernment, so they respected their fealty to the King and the 
Lords Proprietors. 

3. A wide margin was left to the Grand Assemblv of 
Albemarle for the display of its power. Neither the Legis- 
lature nor the Governor had any capital city for the transac- 
tion of business. His Excellency lived on any farm he 
pleased, and the General Assembly, at that early date, usually 
met at the residence of Captain Richard Sanderson, upon 
Little River, now in Perquimans county. 

1669. 4- Their earliest recorded legislation allowed no 
settlers to be disturbed for the collection of debts contracted 
before coming to live in Albemarle. This was to encourage 


immigration, but was not very admirable in its probable 
effects upon the citizens of the new commonwealth. It 
excited the ire of Colonel Byrd, of Westover, in Virginia, 
who wrote and said many hard things about Carolina. 

5. As there were no Episcopal preachers then in the colony, 
another statute allowed people to get married by simply going 
before the Governor, or any of his council, and declaring such 
an intention. 

1670. 6. Albemarle at that time was divided into the 
precincts of Carteret, Berkeley and Shaftsbury. The settle- 
ments extended rapidly down the sea-coast, and had soon 
reached as far south as the present town of Beaufort, on Old 
Topsail Inlet. 

7. Governor Stephens was soon to reach the conclusion of 
his administration and the term of his natural life. The 
closing months of his rule were embittered by the nature of 
instructions he received from the Lords Proprietors and the 
Board of Trade in London. 

8. One of these innovations upon the simple government 
previously found in the province, was concerning the colonial 
trade. English merchants saw that New England vessels 
were visiting the scattered settlements on the water-courses, 
and establishing a lucrative exchange of manufactured goods 
for the tobacco, corn and lumber of Carolina. 

9. It was determined in London to stop this, and appro- 
priate to English factors whatever of profit might be realized. 
The old Navigation Act, passed under Cromwell to break 
down the Dutch trade, was revived as against the Boston 
skippers. Governor Stephens told the colonists they must 
exchange the products of their farms with none but English 
traders, but he quickly found that the people were resolute in 
refusing obedience to any such regulations. 


10. It was further announced that a now scheme of rule 
had been prepared in England. This was the work of Lord 
Shaftsbury and a distinguished philosopher named John 
Locke. This was familiarly known as "Locke's Grand 
Model," and was a cumbrous and elaborate system, foil of 
titles and dignities. It involved a large expenditure, and 
would have been as misplaced in the Carolina wilderness as 
if they had removed St. Paul's Cathedral from London to 
serve as a meeting-house for the Quakers of Pasquotank ! 

11. The people who were constantly enduring danger and 
privations in Albemarle at once resolved that they would 
have no part in the titles and pageants concocted by the Solons 
of England. They had been promised freedom if they would 
come to America, both by the king in the great deed of grant, 
and by the Lords Proprietors, and nothing less than the privi- 
leges of Englishmen could satisfy them. 

12. The "Navigation Act" was intended to destroy their 
commerce and manufactures, and the "Fundamental Consti- 
tutions," if adopted, would have put an end to their home 
rule. They were to wage a long opposition to these two 
things, and a century went by before, in the blood of the 
Revolution, American commerce became free. They were 
denounced as unruly subjects, but they were, in all truth, wise 
and resolute patriots. They were protecting not only them- 
selves, but the generations of the future. 


1. Who succeeded Governor Drumniond as Governor of Albemarle? 
What kind of man was Governor Stephens? 

2. In what did the government consist at that time? 

3. Where did the General Assembly usually meet? 

4. Mention some of the earliest laws ? 



5. What law was enacted concerning marriage ? 

6. How was Albemarle divided ? How far had the settlements extended ? 

7. What trouble came to Governor Stephens ? 

8. What kind of trade was carried on between Carolina and New 
England ? 

9. What was determined by the Lords Proprietors? What old law was 
revived ? How did the people receive the orders from Governor Stephens? 

10. What two celebrated Englishmen prepared a form of government 
for Carolina ? What was this system called ? State its nature ? 

11. What was resolved by the colonists concerning the Grand Model ? 

12. What was the intent of the Navigation Act? Of the Fundamental 



A. D. 1674 TO 1680. 

1674. Samuel Stephens was succeeded in 1674 by George 
Cartwright, as Governor of Albemarle. The oldest member 
of the council was entitled, by law, to the place, but the mem- 
bers of the House of Assembly succeeded in obtaining the 
position for their speaker. Governor Cartwright found no 
bed of roses in the office he had assumed ; and becoming dis- 
gusted with the continued opposition of the people to the 
Grand Model and the navigation laws of 1670, he went over 
to London and resigned his place as Governor. 

107G. 2. When he reached England he found Eastchurch, 
who, as Speaker of the House of Assembly, had been sent 
over to remonstrate with the Proprietors against the innova- 
tions they were proposing. His friend Miller had been 
carried out of the province for trial at Williamsburg, in Vir- 
ginia. He was also in London at this time seeking redress 
for his alleged.grievances. 

3. Eastchurch was in London as the agent for Albemarle. 
The people were paying him to procure the assent of the Pro- 
prietors to some remission in the hard measure of the naviga- 
tion laws; also for the abrogation of the "Grand Model." He 
and Miller betrayed their trusts, and became the willing tools 
of Lord Shaftsbury and the Board of Trade. 

4. As the price of their subservience, Eastchurch was 
appointed Governor of Albemarle and Miller was made Sec- 
retary of State. The authorities in London were fully resolved 


that the New England vessels should be excluded from Caro- 
lina waters and that the Fundamental Constitutions should 
be accepted as the system of government. 

5. This betrayal of a high trust was to bring its own pun- 
ishment on the heads of Eastehurch and Miller. On their 
way to America they stopped at the Island of Nevis (Ne'vis), 
where the new Governor of Albemarle met a Creole lady. 
His conduct in London had been weak enough, but stark 
insanity seemed to have fallen upon him at Nevis. For two 
years he was oblivious to all the disorders and distresses of 
the people committed to his government; and, like Mark 
Anthony, he surrendered everything else to his love-making. 

1677. 6. Miller went on to Albemarle, and in July, 1677, 
assumed control of public affairs. There were then in the 
colony two thousand tax payers. Besides Indian corn, which 
was the staple of production, eight hundred thousand pounds 
of tobacco were made that year. The whole colony was 
enjoying considerable prosperity, such as a fertile soil and 
good climate always give. 

7. The new Governor conducted matters in an outrageous 
manner. He imposed taxes upon all goods sent to other 
colonies, and in this way soon realized five thousand dollars 
on the tobacco which was sent to Virginia and Boston. 

8. He was particularly emphatic in his orders forbidding 
trade with New England vessels. George Durant, with a 
large majority of the people, was determined to thwart him 
in this matter. Governor Miller was so violent in enforcing 
his laws that he, in person, boarded a Boston vessel and 
arrested the skipper. 

1678. 9. Thereupon one John Culpepper, with a mob, 
seized Miller, and having put him in prison, assumed the 


government himself. He imprisoned all the deputies of the 
Lords Proprietors. The king's revenue, amounting to fifteen 
thousand dollars, was also appropriated by the usurper. Cul- 
pepper, like Gilliam, the sea captain who had caused the out- 
break, was a New England man. 

1080. 10. At last, after two years delay upon his journey, 
Eastchurch made his appearance in Albemarle. He had won 
his bride, but lost everything else. Culpepper scouted his 
claims to the government. He went to Williamsburg, in 
Virginia, to beg the Governor of that province to aid him in 
regaining the place he had lost by his folly ; but so slow and 
ceremonious was his lordship, that Eastchurch died of vexa- 
tion before anything substantial had been accomplished in his 

11. Miller escaped from the confinement to which he had 
been subjected by Culpepper, and again went to England to 
utter his complaints. John Culpepper followed him there, 
and though indicted and tried for treason, he was acquitted 
by aid of Lord Shaftsbury. 

12. Thus it was, in the earliest days of our history as a 
people, that the men of North Carolina found means to resist 
the execution of laws enacted abroad for their oppression. 
They had commenced a struggle which was to continue for a 
century. They were all the while determined on being free 
men. They had not undergone so many hardships in the 
wilderness, to tamely yield themselves as the vassals of the 
pampered lords or greedy merchants of England. 


1. Who succeeded Samuel Stephens as Governor ? How did he obtain 
the place ? Why did Governor Cartwright go to England ? 

2. What two men from Carolina did he find in England, and what was 
their mission ? 


3. What duty had the colonists entrusted to Eastchurch ? How did he 
fulfil] the trust? 

4. How were Eastchurch and Miller rewarded for their betrayal ? 
What was the determination of the London authorities? 

5. What was the conduct of Eastchurch while on his way to Carolina ? 

6. What did Miller do in the meantime ? What was the condition of 
the colony at this period ? 

7. How did the new Governor manage affairs ? 

8. What trade did he forbid? By whom was his commands thwarted ? 
What violent act was done by Miller ? 

9. W T hat was done to Miller? Who assumed the government ? 

10. When did Eastchurch arrive at Carolina? How did he find mat- 
ters? To whom did he go for aid, and with what success? 

11. What became of Miller and Culpepper ? 

12. What do the events of this period teach us ? 

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A. D. 1680 TO 1704. 

When John Culpepper had ended his unsettled adminis- 
tration the authorities in England sent over John Harvey as 
Governor. Little is known of him or of his successors, John 
Jenkins and Henry Wilkinson. There were still misrule and 
confusion in Albemarle. A few men of wealth, who acted as 
deputies in the Council for the absent Lords Proprietors, were 
their advocates and defenders in everything they proposed; 
but the people still traded with New England vessels and 
vented their scorn upon the Grand Model. 

1681. 2. At last, in 1681, the authorities in England con- 
cluded that if one of their own number could 2:0 over he miirht 
exert more influence upon the people than a hired agent. 
Therefore, they induced Seth Sothel, who had bought the inter- 
est first granted to the Earl of Clarendon, to venture on the 
doubtful expedient. 

1683. 3. To the great good fortune of the province, this 
abandoned man was captured at sea by Algeriue pirates. Thus 
he became the slave of these corsairs for two years. When he 
arrived it was soon seen what a beastly and detestable monster 
had been sent as a reformer of the morals of the people of 
Albemarle. He was the most shameless reprobate ever seen 
as a Governor in America. He took bribes, stole property 
and appropriated the Indian trade to his own uses, growing 
worse and worse until the people, in 1688, could no more endure 
his iniquities, and drove him from the place he disgraced. He 


went to South Carolina, and after his sentence of twelve months 
exile had expired, he returned to North Carolina and died in 

4. King Charles II. had been dead for three years and the 
English served his successor, James II., in the same way the 
colonists did the poor wretch Seth Sothel. King James resolved 
to risk his crown in an effort to make the people of England 
receive the Roman Catholic religion as their State Church. 
English protestants were determined against the measure, and 
thus the Prince of Orange and his wife, Mary, who was King 
James' daughter, were made the sovereigns in his stead. 

1689-93. 5. Philip Ludwell and Alexander Lillington 
were the next rulers, and the administration of the latter wit- 
nessed the triumph of the colonists in the consent of the Lords 
Proprietors to the abolition of the Fundamental Constitutions. 
This event occurred in 1693, and brought no little joy to the 
men who had so long and successfully opposed it as the Con- 
stitution of North Carolina. 

1695. 6. Thomas Harvey ruled next in Albemarle, 
while John Archdale, a wise and benevolent Quaker, was put 
in charge of all the settlements in what was North Carolina, 
and also those on Cooper and Ashley Rivers. 

1704. 7. When Henderson Walker, who succeeded to 
the rule in virtue of his place as President of the Council, 
had died, one Colonel Robert Daniel, who had made reputa- 
tion in an expedition against the Spaniards in Florida, became, 
in 1704, the Governor of the province. 

Note. — In the year 1696 a severe pestilential fever visited all the tribes 
of Indians along Pamlico Sound and destroyed nearly all of them. The 
colonists, soon after this, feeling somewhat safer from Indian attacks, 
began to form settlements southward. 


1704. 8. Governor Daniel was probably the mistaken and 
ignorant agent of Lord Carteret, who happened then to be 
the Palatine, or chief of the Lords Proprietors, in a foolish 
effort at reform. Carteret, like James II., was by no means 
a pattern in morality, but became impressed with his duty to 
cause the Assembly to pass a law making the Episcopal Church 
the State Church in the province. 

9. The Baptists and Quakers were numerous, and both were 
sternly opposed to any such regulation. It was passed in 
spite of their votes to the contrary. The statute provided for 
building churches, buying glebes, and public taxation to pay 
the rectors' salaries, but did not visit any disqualification or 
punishment upon non -conformists. 

10. These latter said they were already paying for the sup- 
port of their pastors, and at once declared they would not 
submit to the injustice of paying money to men who were the 
leaders in the persecutions of Baptists and Quakers in Eng- 
land and America. 

11. The Presbyterians of South Carolina sent John Ashe, 
of that section, to London to resist the confirmation of the 
law, and Edmund Porter went also, at the instance of Albe- 
marle. Ashe died in London before he knew of his success. 
Both Queen Anne and the House of Lords denounced the 
innovation as unjust and impolitic, and it was therefore made 
a dead letter by being annulled by Her Majesty in her privy 

12. It was thus, year by year, that the Carolinians kept up 
their struggle for freedom and equality before the law. The 
ocean stretched between them and the men who sought their 

Note. — The first Episcopal preacher arrived at Albemarle in 1703, and 
the first church was built in 1705, in Chowan county. 


oppression, and large expenditures, both in money and heart- 
wearing efforts were undergone, as the dangerous and alarm- 
ing years went by, but these men of the woods still "trusted 
in God and kept their powder dry/' 


1. Who was sent from England to succeed John Culpepper as Governor 
of Carolina ? Who followed Governor Harvey in office? What was the 
condition of affairs in the colony under these Governors? 

2. Who became Governor in 1581 ? Who was Seth Sothel, and why 
was he selected ? 

3. What befel Sothel on his way to Carolina? What kind of man was 
Governor Sothel ? What did the people do ? 

4. Who was King of England at this time? Mention some of the 
events of his reign. 

5. Who next took charge of Carolina? What important tiling was 
accomplished under this administration ? 

6. Who was Governor in 1696? Who had charge of all the settle- 
ments ? 

7. What two Governors are next mentioned ? 

8. Whose agent was Governor Daniel ? What law was passed by the 
Assembly ? 

9. What two religious sects were strongest opposers of the act ? What 
was provided for in the statute ? 

10. What complaint was made by the Baptists and Quakers ? 

11. Who was sent to London in the interest of the Presbyterians? 
What man from Albemarle? What was the success of the mission to 
London ? 

12. What was the almost constant struggle of the people of Carolina? 



A. D, 1704 TO 1712. 

Thomas Carey, who had already reached the positions of 
Speaker of the House of Assembly and Lieutenant Governor, 
was promoted to the Chief Magistracy in 1705. He had 
been a leader in opposition to Governor Daniel's church 
scheme, and for that reason John Archdale and the Quakers 
had proeured his elevation to the latter position. It may be 
imagined what was their disgust and surprise when it was 
found that Carey had changed sides and become the willing 
tool of Lord Carteret. 

1705. 2. When the General Assembly met, Governor 
Carey announced that, under English laws, none but members 
of the Church of England could be allowed to take the oaths 
necessary to qualification for a seat in either House. John 
Porter was sent to London to make known this fresh outrage 
and betrayal of the people. 

3. He was soon back with orders for Carey's removal ; and 
the General Assembly elected William Glover by the votes 
of John Porter and the men he influenced. It is sickening 
to add that Glover also immediately deceived the men who 
were his supporters, and was found acting and talking exactly 
as Carey had done. In such a pandemonium the next thing 
seen was the pacification of Carey and the Quakers, and their 
re-election of him as Governor. 

4. Two rival governments were thus at open rupture, each 
claiming to be the lawful claimants of authority in Albemarle. 


They both took up arms, and it seemed that bloodshed must 
ensue. A General Assembly was called to decide the ques- 
tion of authority. Members were present with certificates of 
election signed by Glover, and another set whose certificates 
were issued by Carey. Glover and Carey, with their adherents, 
occupied separate rooms in the same building, and great con- 
fusion and bitterness prevailed. Finally the members of 
Glover's council were compelled to seek refuge in Virginia. 

5. In such a state of affairs, Edward Hyde arrived from 
England with papers directing Edward Tynte, the Gov- 
ernor of both provinces, to commission this latest claimant of 
gubernatorial honors. Carey having heard of Tynte's death, 
refused to acknowledge Hyde's claims, and proceeded to arm 
and equip his followers. 

1711. 6. Thecruel and crafty Tuscaroras at once resolved 
to avail themselves of the divisions among the white people. 
They procured the Meherrins, Corees, Mattamuskeets (Ifal'ta- 
mus-keet') and other tribes, to unite with them in an effort to 
murder all they could of the settlers. They kept the secret 
so well that more than two hundred whites were butchered on 
the night of the 22d of September, 1711. The Tuscaroras 
mustered in their ranks a strong force, which was increased 
by their allies to sixteen hundred warriors. 

7. The Baron de Graffenreid (Grraf fen-reed') had just 
established a thrifty colony at New Bern, on Neuse River. 
He and John Lawson, the surveyor-general, while on an ex- 
ploring voyage up the Neuse River were seized. The war 
council decided that both the men should be put to death. 
De Graffenreid made claim that he was king of the Swiss set- 
tlement just established, and escaped death by promising that 
no more land should be taken from the Indians without their 


consent. The unfortunate Lawson and a negro servant, were 
put to death by the most horrible cruelties. The great clan- 
ger was in the possible adhesion of the New T York Iroquois 
to the savage league. With Albemarle divided, and conse- 
quently in a measure helpless, it was seen that it would be 
impossible to meet the Five Nations in battle. 

1712. 8. The South Carolina militia and nearly a thousand 
Yem assee ( Yem-as-see f ) Indians, under Colonel John Barn- 
well, came as swiftly as they could to the rescue, and inflicted 
a stunning blow upon the butchers. They were attacked in 
a fort near New Bern, and more than three hundred of the 
Indians were killed and a hundred made prisoners. Think- 
ing the league crushed, Colonel Barnwell went home with his 
forces, after making a treaty with the Indians, which was 
quickly broken. 

9. Governor Spottswood, of Virginia, confined his kind 
offices in the terrible emergency to keeping the Five Nations 
and Tom Blunt's Bertie Tuscaroras neutral in the war. 

10. When the next spring had opened some hundreds of 
men in North Carolina were joined by Colonel James Moore 
from South Carolina, with another force of a hundred and 
fifty of his white neighbors and the Yemassees, who again were 
willing to make war upon their hated enemies, the Tuscaroras. 

11. Another bloody attack upon a fort made of earth- works 
and palisades, resulted in such slaughter that Handcock, who 
had boldly led them before, was so disheartened at the loss of 
his braves, that he departed by the upper reaches of Roanoke 

Note.— Baron de Graffenreid was held a captive for several weeks, and 
on his return to his settlement, found it in a condition of almost desolation. 
He became so disheartened at the prospect that he soon sold his interest in 
Carolina and returned to Switzerland. 


River, and his people have dwelt since that time in the 
neighborhood of Niagara Falls. They were to venture no 
more among men who had fearfully broken their strength and 
power as belligerents. 

12. In the midst of the danger, in this second year of the 
war, yellow fever was seen for the first time in Albemarle. 
Governor Hyde fell a victim to its virulence. He died Sep- 
tember 8, 1712, and was succeeded by Thomas Pollock, who 
had long; been known as one of the richest and most influen- 
tial of the settlers. He and Edward Moseley, who was the 
leading lawyer and ablest man in Albemarle, were in deadly 
enmity concerning the quarrels between the revolting Gov- 

13. During this turbulent period among the public men 
the people of Albemarle were giving their principal attention 
to the fine crops of corn and other farm products. They were 
improving their settlements and reaping the full reward of 
industry and perseverance. In 1704 the manufacture of tar 
began, and it was soon discovered that this native article was 
destined to become a very valuable commodity, both at home 
and in foreign countries. 

Note. — The fort occupied by Handcock and his force was situated where 
the village of Snow Hill, Greene county, now stands, and was called by 
the Indians "Nahucke." The siege began March 20th, and in a few days 
the fort, with eight hundred prisoners, was taken by storm. Colonel 
Moore's loss was twenty white men and thirty-six Indians killed and about 
one hundred wounded. 


1. How did Thomas Carey become Governor of Albemarle? How did 
he disappoint the people who elected him ? 

2. What announcement was made by Carey at the meeting of the 
Assembly? How was this received by the people? 


;>. What orders were brought by Porter? Who was elected as Carey's 
successor? How were the people disappointed in Governor Glover? 

4. What was the condition of affairs? 

5. Who arrived from England, and for what purpose? How. did Carey 
receive Governor Hyde's demand ? 

6. How were the Tuscaroras acting during this public trouble? What 
calamity befell the colony? 

7. What befell Baron de Graffenreid and John Lawsoft ? What was 
specially feared by the people? 

8. What aid came from South Carolina? Describe the battle. 

9. How did Governor Spottswood, of Virginia, act during this trouble ? 

10. How was the colony preparing for war? 

11. Describe the second battle and the result. 

12. What terrible sickness visited Carolina in 1712 ? Who was one of 
the victims? Who succeeded Governor Hyde? What is said of Gov- 
ernor Pollock ? 

13. How were the people of Albemarle occupying themselves during 
these troublesome times ? 



A. D, 1712 TO 1722. 

With the conquest of the Tuscaroras and their Indian allies, 
a great danger was removed from the settlements in Carolina. 
Tom Blunt and his people were assigned a tract of land as a 
token of the gratitude of the whites for their refusal to join 
in the war. This reservation was located first south of Albe- 
marle Sound, but afterwards was changed to the region still 
known as the "Indian Woods," in Bertie county. 

1713. 2. Colonel Pollock was, in 1713, relieved of his 
office as Governor by the arrival of Charles Eden, with full 
powers from the Duke of Beaufort, who was then Palatine. 
Governor Eden was instructed by the Proprietors to discourage 
large expansion of the settlements. He became popular with 
a large portion of the people. He lived some years at Queen 
Anne's Creek, which town was called Edenton, as a compli- 
ment to him. He afterwards bought a place on Salmon Creek, 
in Bertie county, and dwelt there. This place is still known 
as Eden House. 

1715. 3. In 1715 the same Yemassee Indians that had so 
signally aided in the overthrow of the Tuscaroras repeated, 
in South Carolina, the bloody work that had been witnessed 
in Albemarle. They were aided by other tribes, and murdered 
many white people. At the request of the Governor of South 
Carolina, aid was sent by Governor Eden. 

4. Colonel Maurice Moore, who was the brother of Colonel 
James Moore, the late commander against the Tuscaroras, went 


in command of a legion composed of cavalry and infantry, 
enlisted and paid by orders of Governor Eden. -Colonel 
Maurice Moore, with his two brothers, was living on the ( 'ape 
Fear, where a considerable settlement had been recently estab- 

5. The oldest statutes of which we have record were, the 
same year, enacted at the house of Captain Richard Sanderson, 
in Perquimans. Edward Moseley was Speaker of the House 
of Assembly, and differed with Governor Eden in many mat- 
ters of provincial policy. He was, through all his life as a pub- 
lic man, intensely devoted to the interests of the colony; and 
though stoutly attached to the Episcopal Church, was resolute 
in his advocacy of complete religious liberty. He formed a 
strong party of men, who regarded the Governor as simply 
the agent of the Lords Proprietors ; therefore he was to be vigi- 
lantly watched and checked in any innovation upon established 

6. There had been, for years, many crimes committed by 
pirates upon the ocean just along the North Carolina coast. 
They sometimes extended their infamous practices to the sounds 
and rivers. One Edward Teach, who was also called "Black- 
Beard," was the chief of these bloody thieves. He had a fleet 
of armed vessels, the largest of which was called Queen Anne's 
Revenge. This formidable craft carried a crew of one hun- 
dred men, and forty cannon. 

7. Edward Moseley and others were clamorous for the arrest 
and punishment of such horrid offenders against the law, and 
denounced Governor Eden as their accomplice. It was brought 
to the knowledge of Captain Ellis Brand, who came in com- 

Note. — These Moores were the grandsons of Sir John Yeamans and 
held possession of his former residence on Old Town Creek. 



mand of a British squadron in Hampton Roads, that Teach 
was to be found near Ocracoke (Oke-ra-coke f ). 

8. Lieutenant Robert Maynard was ordered to go to that 
point and capture the outlaws. He found the pirates, who 
saluted him with so deadly a broadside, that a large portion of 
the royal men were slain. Maynard unfortunately got his 
ship aground in the action, and his deck was terribly raked by 
his antagonists' fire. His case seemed well-nigh hopeless, when 
he resorted to a stratagem. All of his men were ordered to 
go below, and soon the pirates saw nothing but dead men upon 
the deck. They hastened to board what they thought was 
another prize. 

9. But Maynard and his men met them as they crowded 
upon the deck, and after a bloody struggle, captured nine men, 
who were the survivors of the prolonged and desperate conflict. 
Among these was a gigantic negro, who was on the point of 
blowing up the pirate vessel, when arrested in his desperate 
and suicidal purpose. 

10. Black-Beard was slain during the battle, and Maynard 
sailed away from the scene of his victory with the corsair's 
head fixed upon his bowsprit. The captured offenders were 
carried to Williamsburg, Virginia, and there tried and exe- 
cuted, as they deserved. 

11. In the early portion of the eighteenth century the whole 
Atlantic coast of America was more or less infested by these 
buccaneers. In some quarters they congregated in great num- 
bers and made expeditions in which they laid cities under 
contribution, and endangered all legitimate commerce in the 
new world. They were as cruel desperadoes as have been seen 
in any age of the world's history. After long and costly effort 
by the English and other governments, they were driven from 
the seas. 

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I. What reservation was given to the Indians? 

12. Who became Governor in 1713? How had Governor Eden been 
instructed by the Lords Proprietors? Where did he live? 

J5. What occurred in 1715? 

4-. Who was sent to aid the people of South Carolina? 

o. At whose house did the Legislature meet? What noted man was 
Speaker of the House? Give some description of Edward Moseley. 

<>. What famous pirate was ravaging the coast about this time? 

7. Of what had Governor Eden been charged? 

8. Who was sent to capture the pirate? Describe the battle. 

9. How did the engagement result? 

10. What disposition was made of the captives ? 

II. What is said of the Atlantic coast during this period ? 



A. D. 1722 TO 1748. 

Upon the death of Governor Eden in 1722, Colonel Thomas 
Pollock, as President of His Majesty's Council for North 
Carolina, assumed the place of Chief Magistrate, but he died 
in a short while and was succeeded by William Reed. That 
year Bertie precinct was erected west of Chowan River, and 
court-houses were, for the first time, ordered to be built. Not 
only the General Assembly, but courts and all public aifairs, 
up to this time, had been held in private houses. 

2. North Carolina then comprised three counties. These 
were Albemarle, Bath and Clarendon, Albemarle contained 
Currituck, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Chowan and Bertie pre- 
cincts. Bath and Clarendon, though counties, were not sub- 
divided at this time. 

1724. 3. The Lords Proprietors, as the last evidence of 
their wisdom and interest in the province they had so long 
cursed with their misrule, sent over George Burrington as the 
Governor of "North Carolina/' called so at this stage of 
the narrative because of the recent addition of the counties 
of Bath and Clarendon. 

4. This Governor Burrington must have been known to the 
noblemen and gentlemen, then the titular lords of the soil, 
for he had been indicted and punished in the Old Bailey, in 
London, for beating an old woman, and was, all his life, 
drunken and quarrelsome. Yet such a man came over to be 
the guardian of a people who knew not when they were to be 


tomahawked by the savages or driven into further exile by the 
zealots, who were disturbed at the nature of their religious 

1725. 5." This weak and wicked ruler only remained one 
year in charge, when Sir Richard Everhard came to replace 
him. They were brothers in iniquity, and before Burrington 
left Edenton these two men disgraced themselves by fighting 
in the streets of that village. The General Assembly met at 
Edenton, and by enactment of law, the dividing line between 
North Carolina and Virginia was run in November of this 


1728. 6. Such rulers as have just been mentioned, so 
utterly disgusted every one in the colony, that the King and 
Parliament were petitioned to buy the province and abolish 
the rule of those who had only hindered its growth. So, in 
1728, for the sum of forty-five thousand dollars, all of the 
proprietors except Lord Carteret, sold to the Crown their inter- 
est in Carolina, Thus, after sixty-six years of unbounded 
misrule, these men in London who had so greatly cursed North 
Carolina by their ignorance and mistakes, surrendered their 
title to property which had never paid them more than about 
one hundred dollars apiece in any one year. 

7. They had never really cared for the people whom they 
were so anxious to disturb with their crude notions of religion. 
The schemes of London merchants were of far more moment 
than the welfare of Albemarle, and the folly of the Funda- 
mental Constitutions was to be upheld even at ruin of the 

8. As an earnest of the superior care King George I. was 
to exhibit toward the colony, Governor Burrington was 
sent back to the people who were already so well acquainted 


with his faults of temper and character. He soon got into 
trouble with the leading men in the province, and pretending 
to go to South Carolina, returned to England, where he was 
soon after killed in a night-brawl in a place known as "Bird- 
Cage Walk," in the city of London. 

1734. 9. Nathaniel Rice was Governor until the arrival 
and qualification of Gabriel Johnston. He took the oaths of 
office at Brunswick, on the Cape Fear River. Governor John- 
ston was a Scotchman, who lived for several years in London, 
and was to prove the wisest and best of all the men sent over 
to rule the people in Carolina. He married Penelope Eden, 
daughter of the late Governor, and dwelt at her home on the 
Chowan River. 

10. There were no troubles between the Governor and peo- 
ple in time of Governor Gabriel Johnston's rule. Sometimes 
Edward Moseley, who always felt it his duty to oppose the 
man sent from England to govern, would carry some little 
dispute into the General Assembly, but the measures of His 
Excellency, as a general thing, were pleasing to all classes of 
the people and received their support. 

11. Dr. John Brickell, with a party of white men and In- 
dians, was sent by the General Assembly to explore the moun- 
tain region of Western North Carolina. He went into East 
Tennessee in his travels among the Cherokees. He brought 
back wondrous accounts of the beauty of the region and of 
the simplicity and kindness of the natives. Dr. Brickell 
practiced medicine in Edenton and wrote an interesting book 
about the North Carolina of that day. 

1740. 12. During the Spanish war Governor Johnston 
enlisted four hundred North Carolina troops for the expedition, 
that were led by Governor Oglethorpe (O'g'l-thorp) against the 


Spaniards at St. Augustine. They formed a battalion of the 
regiment commanded by Colonel Vanderdussen ( Van-der-dus' 
sen). They were carried under Admiral Vernon to the siege of 
Carthagena (Kar-ta-fo'na) and participated in the dangers 
and horrors of that expedition. But few returned to tell the 
story of their disasters. 

1746. 13. In consequence of the great defeat of the Scotch 
by the English at the battle of Culloden, many Scotch emi- 
grants began to settle in North America. The captives in the 
struggle mentioned had been offered choice between death and 
exile to America. The emigrants landed at Wilmington in 
large numbers and formed settlements along the Cape Fear 
River. One of their principal towns was at Cross Creek, now 
known as Fayetteville, and this place will be remembered as 
the home of the beautiful heroine, Flora McDonald, and her 
husband. These Scotch people were brave, industrious and 
frugal, and North Carolina has always esteemed them as part 
of her best people. 

1748. 14. The province had never grown so rapidly, or 
was so prosperous, as in the rule of the wise and excellent man 
who now conducted public affairs. The provinces of North 
and South Carolina were formally separated in Governor 
Burrington's time, and upon the death of Governor Johnston, 
in 1752, it was found that the population had been multiplied 
several times over what it had been twenty years before, and 
now numbered nearly fifty thousand people. Great quanti- 
ties of tar, pitch and turpentine, also staves, corn, tobacco and 
other products of the farm, besides pork, beef, bacon and lard, 
were exported. 


1. Who became Governor on the death of Governor Eden? What 
changes were noticed in the colony ? 


2. Into what precincts and counties was North Carolina divided ? 

3. Who was sent over by the Lords Proprietors in 1724 as Governor? 

4. Can you tell something of Governor Burrington's past life? 

5. How long was Governor Burrington in office, and who succeeded 
him? How did these two officers conduct themselves in Edenton ? 

6. What large purchase was made in 1728? Which of the Lords Pro- 
prietors reserved his right? What had been the annual profit to the Pro- 
prietors from the colony ? 

7. How had these men always felt towards their province? 

8. What was the first act of George I. in the government of North Caro- 
lina? How did Burrington's administration terminate? 

9. Who was Burrington's successor? Who followed Governor Rice? 
Tell something of Governor Johnston. 

10. How did Governor Johnston conduct affairs? 

11. What expedition was sent out at this time? What account of the 
western country was given by Dr. Brickie on his return? 

12. What occurred in 1740? 

13. How and by whom was the Cape Fear region now being settled? 
What noted woman came with these emigrants? 

14. Give an account of the prosperity of the province during this 
period. y 



A. D, 1748 TO 1754. 

During the government of North Carolina by Gabriel 
Johnston, there was still much trouble from the buccaneers. 
These were pirates who chiefly infested the West Indies, where 
they were sometimes congregated by thousands at a single ren- 
dezvous. They were daring enough to invade cities and 
countries, and were a great terror and danger to all honest peo- 
ple within their reach. 

2. In 1748 a fleet of these pirates, under the excuse of a 
war between England and Spain, sailed into the mouth of 
Cape Fear River. Instead of the plunder they expected to 
obtain from the farms and towns, they were bravely met by 
the people, as the fleet lay off the village of Brunswick, and 
after a bloody fight, they were driven back to sea with the loss 
of one of their ships. From the demolished craft were taken 
a number of negroes and valuables. All the spoils which 
rewarded the gallant defense of the men of Cape Fear were, 
by act of Assembly, given to the churches in Wilmington and 

1749. 3. The year 1749 is memorable for the fact that 
then, for the first time, a printing press was seen in North 
( Carolina. James Davis brought this press to New Bern from 
Virginia and began, years later, the publication of a news- 
paper, which was issued once a week and was called The North 
Carolina Magazine or Universal Intelligencer. This occurred 
in 1760, and the press was used until that time in printing 


for the province the laws and proceedings of the General 

4. The first movements toward peopling the western sec- 
tions of the province were seen the same year in the purchase, 
by the Moravians, of a large tract of land from Earl Gran- 
ville. They called it Wachovia ( Wach-o'via), in compliment 
to Count Zinzendorf's (Tsint f sen-dorf) estate in Germany. 
The same region was to be rapidly peopled by other German 
settlers, with a large addition of Scotch-Irish emigrants. Their 
town was named Salem, and is now the county seat of Forsyth. 

1752-3. 5. Upon the death of Governor Gabriel Johnston, 
President Rice assumed charge until his demise, the next year, 
when Colonel Matthew Rowan succeeded to the place thus 
made vacant. Colonel Rowan lived in Bladen, and was a 
planter of large means. He was greatly valued in his day, 
and his name is perpetuated in a county which has long been 
important in the history of North Carolina. 

1754. 6. At this time there was great rivalry between 
France and England for supremacy in America. As large as 
was the area of unoccupied territory for division between them, 
they were fast maturing schemes for each other's expulsion 
from the Western Continent. 

7. All around the English settlements, from New England 
past the great lakes, and down the Mississippi River, a chain 
of forts was being constructed by the French, and the aid of 
all the Indian tribes had already been secured except in the 
instance of the Iroquois or Six Nations in New York. Lord 
Dinwiddie (Din-wid'y), then Governor of Virginia, sent a 

Note. — In the year 1752 was published the first collection of colonial 
laws. The book was printed by James Davis. It was a very small volume, 
bound in yellow leather, and was always known as the " Yellow Jacket." 


messager to say that these enemies were even encroaching upon 
the Old Dominion and fortifying the fork of the two streams 
forming the Ohio River. 

8. Pittsburg stands upon the very spot where this famous 
Fort Du Quesne (Du-Kane') was constructed. His lordship 
was eager for aid from North Carolina in an expedition he 
proposed sending against these intruders upon his domain. 
Governor Rowan and the General Assembly responded nobly 
to the call for aid. 

9. Colonel James Innes, who had served gallantly under 
Lord Vernon atCarthagena (Kar'-ta-je'7ia), in South America, 
was put in command of a regiment mustering more than nine 
hundred men. Two hundred thousand dollars was voted for 
their equipment and supplies, and with high hopes, the long 
march for the Ohio River was begun. 

10. When the army reached Winchester ( Win'ches-ter), in 
Virginia, Colonel Joshua Fry, who had been in command of 
all the forces, died, and Lord Dinwiddie appointed Colonel 
Innes his successor. But this appointment gave offense to the 
Virginians, who wished Colonel George Washington to take 
command. He was then a young officer of great promise, and 
had already become a favorite of the people. The Virginia 
Legislature, under the circumstances, would make no pro- 
vision for the support of Colonel Innes' regiment, and it was 
forced to return to avoid starvation. 

11. Colonel Innes died at Winchester soon after, and in 
this way the generous action of North Carolina was com- 
pletely thwarted. The French occupied their fort and per- 
fected those arrangements which resulted, so shortly after- 
wards, in the terrible defeat of the army commanded by 
General Braddock. 


12. About thirty years after these occurrences, another array 
of Virginians and North Carolinians was assembled to crush 
the British officer, Colonel Furguson, at King's Mountain. 
A very different spirit prevailed there. The North Carolina 
officers, who greatly outnumbered those of the Old Dominion, 
insisted, as they were at home, that Colonel Campbell of that 
State, should assume the command, and their knightly cour- 
tesy resulted in a glorious victory. 


1. Who infested the coast during Governor Johnston's term ? 

2. How was a fleet of pirates received by the Cape Fear men in 1748? 
What was done with the spoils ? Point out Brunswick and Wilmington 
on the map. 

3. What memorable event occurred in 1749 ? 

4. Give an account of the settlement of Wachovia. In what part of the 
State is this settlement? 

5. Who became Governor after the death of Governor Kice ? What 
kind of man was Governor Rowan ? 

6. What were the English and French trying to accomplish in America 
at this period ? 

7. How were the French preparing for hostilities? What was stated in 
Governor Dinwiddie's message ? 

8. Of whom did Governor Dinwiddie ask aid? How did North Caro- 
lina respond to the call ? 

9. To what extent did the province prepare assistance? 

10. What occurred at Winchester? How did this appointment affect 
the Virginians, and why ? How did the effort of North Carolina to aid 
the Virginians terminate ? 

11. What was the result of the expedition against Fort Du Quesne? 



A. D. 1754 TO 1765. 

King George selected Major Arthur Dobbs as the Governor 
of North Carolina ; and at New Bern, on November 1, 1754, 
he entered upon the discharge of his duties. He was a man 
of high temper, and was very obstinate in support of his 
views, but devoted to whatever he believed his duty demanded. 
His greatest fault was the filling of the public offices with the 
members of his own family, and his disposition to make jobs 
for his own benefit. 

2. Governor Dobbs soon went on a journey to the new 
county of Rowan. He found that the Presbyterians, under 
Rev. Hugh McAden (Mae-Ad'den), and the Baptists under 
Rev. Shubal Stearns, were establishing churches and laying 
the foundations of towns in a region where, but a few years 
before, no white people were to be seen. 

1757. 3. Colonel Hugh Waddell ( Wad-deW\ of Bruns- 
wick, was put in command of the troops raised in North Caro- 
lina for the French and Indian war. He had started to join 
General Braddock's column, but just previous to the fatal 
battle on Monongahela (Mo-non'ga-he'la) River he was 
recalled by Governor Dobbs to repel the attack of the Chero- 
kees upon Old Fort. This stronghold was built amid the 
western mountains, to overawe the Indians, and as a refuge 
for the settlers in time of invasion by the savages. 

Note. — Rowan county was established in 1753, and included in it< area 
most of the western portion of North Carolina and a part of Tennessee. 


4. Governor Lyttelton, of South Carolina, by his bad man- 
agement, had most wantonly provoked the Over-hill Indians 
into this state of hostility. His foolish and unnecessary inter- 
ference and cruelty, had converted these usually peaceful 
neighbors into sufficient hostility to make it easy for French 
emissaries to obtain their active aid against the English 

5. Captain Dennie, with his company, was also besieged at 
Fort Tellico (Tel'li'co. Colonel Waddeil made haste with his 
battalion and drove off the Cherokees and burned their lodges, 
after destroying all the corn he could find. Another battalion 
was still kept with General Forbes, as North Carolina's con- 
tingent in the march against Fort Du Quesne. These things 
occurred in 1757. 

6. In England the rule of the Duke of Newcastle over 
American and foreign affairs was terminated, and the first 
William Pitt had been put in his place. In every portion of 
the world mighty consequences were seen to flow from this 
arrangement. The fleets and armies of Great Britain were 
filled with the zeal and patriotism of the great statesman. 

1759. 7. Of all the victories of the year, none was so 
important to America as that of General Wolfe over the 
French at Quebec. It broke the power of France in the 
Western Continent, and stopped, in a great measure, the war 
waged by Indians upon the frontier settlements. 

8. At no period has the population of North Carolina 
increased relatively so fast as during the years now under con- 
sideration. Up to the death of Governor Johnston, it had 
amounted to no more than thirty thousand souls, but had 
more than doubled since that time. In 1754 the exports 
amounted to sixty-one thousand five hundred and twenty- 


eight barrels of tar, twelve thousand and fifty-five barrels of 
turpentine, seven hundred and sixty-two thousand staves, sixty- 
one thousand five hundred and eighty bushels of corn, besides 
much tobacco, pork, beef and other commodities. 

9. The most discreditable thing in Governor Dobbs' whole 
administration was his effort to get the General Assembly to 
locate the provincial capital on his farm, called "Tower Hill." 
It was the same place where the Indians were defeated by 
Colonel James Moore in 1712. He failed in his scheme, and 
the village now known as Snow Hill, in Greene county, was 
thus never the capital of North Carolina. 

10. He and the Legislature, or more properly, the House 
of Assembly, were often at variance concerning the courts 
and judges. He wished to have things arranged to suit cer- 
tain men in London, and the House resolved that it should 
not be so; and in this way it resulted in North Carolina's 
being left, in the end, with no judges but the justices of the 

11. Even before this there was much complaint concerning 
the extortions of public officers on the people. Their poverty 
was extreme, but the agents of the king and Earl Granville 
made them pay enormous poll taxes and licenses. Francis 
Corbin was dragged from his home in Chowan to Enfield, 
then in Edgecombe county, to compel him to repay the sums 
he had unlawfully exacted. He gave bail and promised to 
return the illegal tribute, but instead of complying with his 
agreement he brought suit against the men who had seized 
him. The matter terminated in a riot, in which some of the 
chief friends of Governor Dobbs were concerned. 

1765. 12. The Governor, being a very old man and 
weary of his contests with the House of Assembly, at length 


asked for leave of absence ; but died, at his place on Town 
Creek, before sailing for England. He was devoted to his 
sense of duty to the king, and was in many ways deserving 
of public respect. 


1. Who took the oath of office as Governor in 1754? Can you give 
some traits of his character ? 

2. What visit was made by Governor Dobbs ? How was the new county 
of Rowan becoming settled ? 

3. Who was put in command of the North Carolina troops? How was 
he prevented from joining General Braddock? Find Old Fort on the 

4. Who had excited the Indians to the proposed attack on Old Fort ? 

5. Give an account of Colonel Waddell's expedition against the 

6. What noted man in England had charge of American affairs? 
What effect had his administration upon every portion of the world ? 

7. . What great victory was gained in America at this period ? What 
good resulted to the whole country from this victory ? 

8. What had been the increase of population in North Carolina ? Can 
you name some of the exports ? 

9. Where did Governor Dobbs endeavor to have the capital of North 
Carolina located ? 

10. What trouble did the Governor have with the Legislature ? With 
what result ? 

11. Of what extortions did the people complain? How was Francis 
Corbin treated, and why ? 

12. What is said of the close of Governor Dobbs' life ? 




A, D. 1765 TO 1766. 

Some months before the death of Governor Dobbs there 
had come over from England a handsome, polished and genial 
officer, who wore the uniform of Her Majesty, the Queen's 
Guards. This was Lieutenant Colonel William Tryon, who 
had been recently appointed Lieutenant Governor of North 
Carolina. He was thus soon in full authority in the province, 
where he was to leave a name that will never be forgotten. 

2. Governor Tryon was accompanied by his wife and her 
sister, Miss Esther Wake. They were ladies of great attrac- 
tions and destined to become so much valued by the people 
that their name is still preserved in our midst, as that of our 
metropolitan county. 

3. There was much gaiety seen at that time in the eastern 
counties. The Indians were all gone beyond the Blue Ridge 
Mountains, and the rude huts of old had, in many instances, 
been replaced by large and costly buildings of brick. The 
weddings were generally celebrated by balls that lasted for a 
week. Hospitality was never stinted, and most men of means 
thought their establishments imperfect until provided with a 
private race course. With hound and horn, there was great 
diversion, for game was abundant and the sport open to all 
who could get a horse to ride. 

4. In such society, the brilliant family of the Governor was 
of course at once sure of unbounded influence. Perhaps no 
man was ever more warmly esteemed than was Governor 



Tryon in the first years of his rule in the province. He was 
gracious and wary at the same time. He knew whom to cul- 
tivate, and while smiling on all he was fast making friends 
who were ready to die in his behalf. 

5. The great preacher, George Whitfield, came this year, 
1765, and moved thousands with his eloquence. His new sect, 
the Methodists, had made no progress then in North Caro- 
lina, and the converts went to swell the numbers of the Bap- 
tists, who were more numerous than the membership of any 
other church. 

6. There was the utmost kindness of feeling between the 
new Governor and the people, when the news came that Par- 
liament had passed a law called the "Stamp x4.ct." It had 
been talked of and denounced in many portions of America, 
and now, with a unanimity that is still one of the strangest 
things recorded in history, the men of all conditions in every 
colony arose in frenzy and swore that this law should not be 
executed in America. 

7. It was oppressive upon poor people because of the amount 
exacted, but was considered constitutional by many great law- 
yers who were the warm friends of the American people. But 
it had been held for some time that no tax levied by England, 

Note. — The "Stamp Act" required that all colonial legal instruments, 
such as deeds, bonds and notes, should be written only upon stamped paper, 
otherwise they were not binding or of any effect. The paper was prepared 
in England, to be sold to the colonists at the heavy tax of one and two dol- 
lars upon each sheet. In addition to this, the act contained a great variety 
of ruinous exactions. Newspapers and pamphlets were taxed more than 
such publications at present would cost. An advertisement in a newspaper 
paid the government fifty cents ; almanacs, eight cents; college diplomas, 
ten dollars ; and the fee charged for a marriage license was sometimes as 
high as fifteen dollars. 


without the consent of America, was just; and thus every 
man resolved that the Stamp Act should not be enforced. 

8. When the news reached Governor Tryon at Wilming- 
ton, the General Assembly was in session at that place. A 
very bold and fearless man, named Colonel John' Ashe, was 
then Speaker of the House of Assembly. Governor Tryon 
asked of Ashe, in private conversation, what the House would 
do as to the new law. " We will resist its execution to the 
death," said he, and that very day Governor Tryon sent them 
all home by proroguing* the session. 

9. The first step of the people was to carry James Houston, 
who had been appointed agent, before Moses John DeRosset, 
(Dcr f ro-zeW) who was then Mayor of Wilmington. There, in 
the presence of many distinguished men of the Cape Fear 
country, he resigned his office as stamp agent, and made oath 
that he would have no further connection with it. 

1765-66. 10. The ship of war Diligence came with the 
stamps on September 28th, 1765. The commander was told 
by armed men, under Colonels Ashe and Waddell, that they 
must not be landed; and no effort was made to do so. All 
was quiet until February of the next year, when two vessels 
from Philadelphia came with no stamps upon their clearance 

11. They were seized for this by the King's officers, and 
then the storm arose. Armed men took the papers from the 
collector and marched down to Fort Johnston to seize Captain 
Lobb, who was holding the two vessels. All supplies of bread 
and fresh provisions were stopped from the British fleet, and 
the Governor, himself, was so intimidated that the offend - 

* Prorogue is to continue or adjourn a legislative body from one session 
to another by Royal or State authority. 


ing visitors were released and the Stamp Act completely 

12. Soon after this came news from England of the repeal 
of the law that had so terribly excited America. Governor 
Tryon announced the fact in a proclamation, but he had been 
humiliated by the resistance at Wilmington, and from that 
hour, probably, determined on the revenge which he after- 
wards exacted at Alamance. 

Note. — Governor Tryon desired to regain his influence, for political pur- 
poses, over the people whom he had so greatly offended ; and he ordered 
a general muster at Wilmington. He prepared a feast for the militia, of 
whole oxen roasted, and barrels of beer. When the feast was ready the 
people rushed to the table and threw the oxen into the river and emptied 
the beer upon the ground. A general fight ensued between the militia and 
the men of the English vessels, and perfect quiet was not restored for 
several days. 


1. What distinguished person have we now under consideration ? How 
did he become Governor of North Carolina ? 

2. Who accompanied Governor Tryon ? What is said of the two ladies ? 

3. Tell something of life in the eastern counties at this time? 

4. How did the Tryon family become very influential ? 

5. What great preacher came to North Carolina in 1765? How were 
his labors rewarded? 

6. What memorable law was passed by Parliament? How was the 
news received in North Carolina? 

7. What were some of the opinions concerning the "Stamp Act"? 

8. Under what circumstances did news of this act reach Wilmington ? 
What did Governor Tryon do with the Assembly ? 

9. Mention the first act of resistance to this unjust law. 

10. What occurred on arrival of the Diligence? 

11. What trouble befell the two Philadelphia vessels ? How was their 
release effected? 

12. What joyful news came from England soon after this? How had 
Governor Tryon been affected by the resistance of the people in this 
matter ? 



A. D. 1766 TO 1771. 

In the middle and western counties of North Carolina in the 
period referred to, there was collected a wonderful increase of 
people. They had come in large companies from Scotland, 
Ireland, England and Germany. Fully two hundred thou- 
sand inhabitants were by this time to be found east of the Blue 
Ridge mountains. They were separated by that great barrier 
from the Cherokees, who latterly had well respected this line 
of separation. 

2. A great portion of the western settlers had recently come 
to their new homes, and were very poorly provided with the 
means of living. They were hundreds of miles from market, 
and made nothing on their farms to sell but wheat. These 
farmers were taxed about twelve dollars apiece on the poll, 
and paid a quit rent of seventy-five cents on each one hundred 
acres of their land. 

3. When they hauled wheat to Cross Creek, near Fayette- 
ville, it realized but little more than enough to pay for the 
salt needed in the family. Sugar and coffee were luxuries in 
which they rarely indulged. It can then be seen how cruel 
was the honest collection of what the laws demanded of these 
poor people as taxes. When these sums were increased 
enormously by the dishonest sheriffs the farmers were in 
despair, for it was beyond their power to pay. 

1767. 4. They were mostly ignorant men. There was 
not a school in all the province until 1767, when the New Bern 


Academy was chartered by the Legislature. They knew 
they were being cheated, but did not understand how it was 
done. Colonel Edmund Fanning, of Hillsboro, in Orange 
county, was growing rich as Register of Deeds, and was the 
ringleader in this oppression of the people. 

5. In this same county lived Herman Husbands, who was 
a Quaker preacher, and though of limited education, was a 
man of considerable natural abilities. He prevailed on his 
neighbors at Sandy Creek to form an association for mutual 
protection against the wrongs of the public officers. His 
organization was known as the "Regulators," and they were 
to help each other in the law suits and indictments growing 
out of a refusal to pay unlawful demands. 

6. This was wise and proper, but Husbands should have 
joined the league he was thus creating, and thereby shared the 
liabilities of the members. This he would not do, but 
preached and harangued until the people were in a fever of 
excitement over what he said. 

1768. 7. The first trouble grew out of the seizure of a 
horse from one of two men sent to Hillsboro on a mission to 
the sheriffs. The Regulators took the horse by force, and fired 
shots into the roof of Colonel Fanning's house. That night 
Husbands was arrested and carried to Hillsboro, and gave 
bail for his appearance at the next Superior Court. He had 
hardly gone before seven hundred men came for his rescue, 
but went away on promises of Isaac Edwards, who was 
Tryon's Secretary, that the Governor would right the wrongs. 

8. Governor Tryon went there in a few weeks, but only 
condemned the men who asked his aid, and going west, came 
back to the Superior Court with an army of eleven hundred 
men, which he had raised in Mecklenburg and Rowan. 


Husbands was acquitted on trial, but three other Regulators 
were heavily fined and imprisoned. Colonel Fanning was 
convicted in five cases, of extortion in office, and the judges, 
to their shame, only imposed a fine of one penny in each 

9. This marching of troops and failure of the court to do 
its duty only made matters worse. The Regulators grew in 
numbers and violence until the courts could not be held in 
some counties. Husbands was expelled from his place in the 
House of Assembly for a libel on Judge Maurice Moore, and 
put in prison. His release was effected in time to stop a 
crowd of several hundred men from going to New Bern where 
they said they would release him, and burn the splendid new 
palace the Governor had just built. 

1771. 10. Matters thus grew worse until, in 1771, Gov- 
ernor Tryon raised an army of men in the eastern counties, 
under a law of the Assembly, and marched to Orange to put 
down what he called the "rebellion of the Regulators." 
Colonel Waddell started also with another body of troops 
from Salisbury to meet him, but these were met by the Regu- 
lators and driven back. 

11. On the 16th of May, 1771, the force of Governor 
Tryon, numbering eleven hundred men, was met in battle by 
the Regulators at a place called "Alamance," in Orange. In 
the battle that ensued there was stubborn fighting on both 
sides, until the ammunition of the Regulators was exhausted, 
and they were driven from the field. Many men lost their 
lives, and North Carolina had only the melancholy satisfac- 
tion, after so much blood and confusion, that Hermon Hus- 
bands and Edmund Fanning, who were largely responsible 
for it all, were no longer citizens of the province. 


Note— It has been said that the battle of Alamance was begun by Gov- 
ernor Tryon, who fired the first gun at a prisoner named Robert Thomp- 
son, killing him instantly. The men seemed to hesitate about beginning 
the fight, and Governor. Tryon, rising in his stirrups, exclaimed: "Fire! 
fire on them, or on me!" 


1. How were the middle and western counties of North Carolina being 
peopled at this period ? 

2. Give some description of these people. How were they taxed ? 

3. What return did the sale of their crops bring them ? How was 
theirs a hard lot ? 

4. When was the first North Carolina school organized ? By whom 
were the poor farmers being oppressed ? 

5. What noted man is now mentioned ? Can you tell something of the 
acts of Hermon Husbands in the province ? 

6. How did he shrink from becoming a member of his league ? 

7. What was the first trouble ? How did they settle the matter ? Men- 
tion some circumstances of the trial of Husbands? 

8. What was the result of Governor Tryon's visit toHillsboro? How 
did the trials at court terminate ? 

9. How were the Regulators affected by this "mock judgment" ? Into 
what trouble did Husbands next fall ? 

10. What steps were taken by Governor Tryon towards crushing the 
Regulators ? By whom was his army re-inforced ? 

11. Can you describe the memorable "Battle of Alamance" ? What 
benefit was derived from it ? Point out on the map the scene of the 



A, D. 1771 TO 1774. 

Governor Tryon left the province a month after the battle 
of Alamance and went, by the King's appointment, as Gov- 
ernor to New York. He had most signally failed to do his 
duty in compelling his subordinates to act honestly with the 
people, but he yet retained the confidence of many able and 
patriotic men. Richard Caswell and many more leaders in 
the province were really distressed that he had ceased to be 
the Chief Magistrate of North Carolina. 

2. James Hasell, as President of the Council, assumed the 
conduct of affairs until the arrival of Major Josiah Martin. 
This new Governor was not so cruel and vindictive as Tryon, 
but was as obstinate as Governor Dobbs. Perhaps in the 
stern antagonisms of that day his better qualities were over- 
looked by the men who had such different promptings as to 
their duty. 

3. Colonel John Harvey was made the Speaker of the 
House of Assembly, in place of Colonel Caswell ; and the 
Legislature, at the Governor's suggestion, passed an amnesty 

Note. — In 1772 the people of North Carolina were considerably excited 
over the arrival of a woman who claimed to be " Lady Susanna Carolina 
Matilda," sister to the Queen of England. She came into the province from 
Virginia, where she had received great honors. She was treated in ele- 
gant style by Governor Martin and his wife at the Palace in New Bern, 
and great courtesies were extended to her by the people of the various 
towns she visited. Her manner was so complete a reproduction of that 
seen in the highest court circles that every one was duped until her exposure 


act as to all the men who were lately engaged in the Regula- 
tion, except a few who were mentioned as leaders along with 
Herman Husbands. 

4. John Burgwinn, the southern treasurer of the province, 
made such a statement of the outstanding indebtedness that it 
was concluded that the taxes could be wisely decreased, as so 
large a sum was no longer necessary. But Governor Martin 
refused to assent, and in this way had his first disagreement 
with the people's representatives. 

5. The repeal of the Stamp Act had been gratefully received, 
but Parliament still excited great fears by the passage of a 
preamble to a certain bill in which the power was claimed for 
that body to tax America. It had cost immense sums to the 
Crown to drive out the French, and much money was still 
needed to pay English expenses in America. 

6. It was insisted that the colonies ought to pay their fair 
share in these burdens. The great question was, how this was 
to be done. If Parliament could levy what it pleased, then 
the Americans were no longer free men, in that they were not 
masters of their own purses. Many propositions were made 
to compromise the difficulty, but none were, as yet, pleasing 
to both sides in the great controversy. 

1774. 7. Letters from the burgesses of Virginia and other 
colonies were read to the House of Assembly by Speaker 

in Charleston, where she was arrested. It became known that the impostor 
was one Sarah Wilson, who had been a servant to one of the ladies of the 
Queen's Court. She had stolen some valuable jewels belonging to the 
Queen and was condemned to death, but, her sentence being commuted to 
banishment, she was brought to Maryland and sold to service. Making 
her escape, she assumed the name of royalty to escape detection. She had 
been lavish of her promises of aid to sundry men, for which they had 
advanced to her considerable sums of money. 


Harvey, in which it was proposed to appoint "Committees of 
Correspondence." These were to watch the doings of the 
British Parliament and concert measures of general defence. 
The great measure to this end was the assembling of a Con- 
gress of all the colouies at Philadelphia. 

8. This movement was especially distasteful to Governor 
Martin. He resolved that he would prevent North Carolina's 
having any part in this matter, as Governor Tryon had 
done on a previous occasion. He told Thomas Biggleston, 
his private secretary, that he would prorogue the Assembly 
and thus forestall all action. 

9. Biggleston, for some cause, divulged this secret reso- 
lution to Colonel John Harvey, who happened to be in 
New Bern. The Speaker was very nearly dead with disease, 
but his stern nature was fired at the intelligence. He rode at 
once in his stick-gig to meet Willie Jones, of Halifax. He, 
and a day later, Samuel Johnston and Edward Buncombe, all 
agreed to a proposition presented by Harvey. 

10. The plan adopted was, that the Speaker should issue 
printed hand-bills throughout the province, calling upon the* 
people to elect a Congress for North Carolina, which should 
represent the people and yet not be liable to the Governor's 

11. This w T as soon done, and Governor Martin was furious 
at the calm audacity of this Speaker, who could summon such 
a body to meet at New Bern, in the very presence of the 
King's representative, as he said, "to concert treasonable 
schemes against the Crown." The Governor called his council 
together and issued a proclamation forbidding the assemblage 
of any such body. 

12. In spite of all this, the first Provincial Congress of 
North Carolina met at New Bern, and elected Richard Caswell, 


Joseph Hevves and William Hooper as delegates to the Conti- 
nental Congress. After protesting their loyalty to the Crown, 
but expressing a full determination to defend their rights as 
freemen, they entered into an agreement that unless some 
redress was had of their grievances, to cease from all trade 
with English merchants. 

13. This Congress, August 25, 1774, was the first great 
step in the Revolution, which was to deliver North Carolina 
and America from the dominion of a distant King and Parlia- 
ment. The men of America were soon to be free from all 
foreign interference in their government. It was a bold and 
hazardous step in Colonel Harvey and the men over whom 
he presided as moderator, but eventual safety was to be the 
reward of those who thus dared to be free. 


1. When did Governor Tryon leave North Carolina? To what place 
did he go ? What had been the results of his administration ? 

2. On whom did the government now devolve ? Who next became 
Governor? How is Governor Martin compared with some of his prede- 
cessors ? 

3. Who presided in the House of Assembly ? What special act was 
passed ? 

4. How did Treasurer Burgwinn report as to the provincial debt? How 
was the action of Assembly received by Governor Martin ? 

5. How were the people excited by the English Parliament ? 

6. What did the people claim ? 

7. What was proposed by other colonies? 

8. To whom was the movement specially displeasing ? What did he 
resolve to do ? 

9. How was Governor Martin's intention made known? What was 
done by Colonel John Harvey ? 

10. What plan was adopted by the patriots? 


11. What effect did the proposition have upon the Governor? How 

did lie try to prevent the Congress? 

12. When and where did the Provincial Congress meet? Who were 
selected as delegates to the Continental Congress? What else was done la- 
the Congress at New Bern ? 

13. In what respect was this North Carolina Congress of great eonse- 
quence and significance ? 




A, D. 1775. 

After the meeting of the first Provincial Congress at New 
Bern there were, to all observers of intelligence throughout 
the world, evident signs of approaching rupture between the 
King's agents and the people in North Carolina. Each day 
widened the breach between them and rendered more impos- 
sible all efforts at arrangement of the troubles. 

1775. 2. In February, 1775, Colonel Harvey again 
issued hand-bills for another Congress to assemble at New 
Bern. Governor Martin repeated his unavailing proclama- 
tion of the year before. The General Assembly was to meet 
at the same time and place. Colonel Harvey was re-elected 
to preside, both as Moderator and Speaker of the two bodies. 

3. As the two Houses of Assembly met Governor Martin 
in the palace, he saluted them with indignant remonstrances, 
which were, the next day, most ably answered in an address 
prepared by Captain Robert Howe, of Brunswick. The same 
delegation was returned to Philadelphia ; and articles of asso- 
ciation pledging the members to abstain from all commerce 
with British marts, were signed by all except Thomas Mc- 
Knight, of Currituck. 

4. It was seen that a crisis was near at hand. Boston had 
been held, for months past, in a state of siege. At length, on 
April 19th, came the fatal encounter at Lexington. We con- 
stantly hear of accidents wherein more lives are lost, but this 
little skirmish was enough, with its tidings, to fire the hearts 
of a continent. 


5. Such an occurrence in our day outstrips the winds in 
the speed of its promulgation. In less than an hour it is 
known all over the Mississippi valley, across the Rocky 
Mountains and along the shores of the Pacific Ocean. But 
our ancestors of that day had no railways and telegraphs ; so, it 
was fully too weeks after the militia-men slain at Lexington 
had stiffened in their blood, that Richard Caswell met the 
news in Petersburg, Virginia. 

6. A courier was hurrying southward with the tidings, but 
it was not until May 20th, that the people of Mecklenburg, 
in North Carolina, became aware of what had occurred. At 
the village of Charlotte there was that day assembled a large 
concourse of the leading men of that county. Fired at the 
nature of the startling intelligence, they held a convention 
and passed resolutions of independence that will forever im- 
mortalize their names. 

7. All America, while arming for the war, was still pro- 
testing loyalty to the King, but these men of Mecklenburg 
leaped to a conclusion which more than a year of blood was 
required to impress on the minds of their countrymen. 
Abraham Alexander presided in the meeting, and the famous 
"Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence" was drawn by 
Dr. Ephraim Brevard. 

8. The news from Boston was speedily followed, in North 
Carolina, by mournful tidings from Perquimans. Colonel 
John Harvey, after so many strenuous efforts to put North 
Carolina in readiness for the storm, sunk under disease, and 

Note. — The men of Mecklenburg held another meeting on May 31st, 
and adopted a system of government and military commissions. These peo- 
ple publicly declared themselves free from English rule nearly fourteen 
months before the Declaration of Independence at Philadelphia. 


died at his place in "Harvey's Neck/' on the Albemarle 
Sound. No braver or wiser man has ever borne a part in the 
conduct of affairs in North Carolina. 

9. It had been seen at New Bern that his days were num- 
bered, and Samuel Johnston, of Chowan, was then authorized, 
in case of Colonel Harvey's disability, to call another session 
of the Provincial Congress whenever he should deem such a 
step needed. Accordingly, that body met at Hillsboro, in the 
month of August, 1775. 

10. The men who had been Regulators were mostly friends 
of the King, and threatened to go down and break up the 
Congress, but for some reason forebore. There was little 
done by this Congress beyond arranging military matters. 
Two battalions of Continental troops were ordered, and the 
province divided into military districts. 

11. A provisional government, with Cornelius Harnett, of 
New Hanover, at its head, was provided ; but the powers com- 
mitted to it were only as to defence. Through Moderator 
Johnston's influence everything was kept as much as possible 
unchanged, with a view to reconciliation with the Crown. 

12. Governor Martin had fled from the palace in New 
Bern, and had been for some time on board a British ship of 
war, in Cape Fear River. The crew of this vessel was fed 
by provisions from Wilmington, and the watchful "Commit- 
tee of Safety" was allowing men to visit the Governor for all 
purposes except military commissions. He was even invited 
to return to his lawful residence; and in this strange mixture 
of war and peace existed the North Carolina of 1775. 

Note.— Had Governor Martin remained at his official residence in New 
Bern he would have created much trouble in the Whig councils. They 
were not prepared, as yet, for claiming independence, and still recognized 



their fealty to the King. Among the transactions of the Hillsboro Con- 
gress, was the resolution ordering the restoration to Governor Martin of 
his coach and four horses, which had been abandoned by him in his flight 
from New Bern. 


1. What signs were observed after the Provincial Congress? 

2. What was done by Colonel Harvey in 1775?. How did Governor 
Martin act? 

3. Describe the meeting between Governor Martin and the Assembly. 
Who answered the Governor's remonstrances? What articles were signed 
by the members ? 

4. What startling news was received in April? 

5. How did the circulation of news in 1775 differ from the present? 
Who was first to receive the news of Lexington ? 

O. How long before the tidings reached Mecklenburg? What occurred 
at Charlotte? Find this town on the map. 

7. What was the attitude of the American people at this time? By 
what name have the Charlotte resolutions always been known ? 

8. What sad news next thrilled North Carolina? 

9. Who had been appointed to take Colonel Harvey's place ? When 
and where was the next Provincial Congress held ? 

10. Which side was taken by the Kegulators in this great trouble? 
What was done by the Congress ? 

11. Who was put at the head of the provisional government ? 

12. What did Governor Martin do at the commencement of trouble ? 
How was he treated bv the Wilmington "Committee of Safetv"? 






A. D. 1776. 

The Hillsboro Congress had not called out troops any too 
soon, for it was discovered that both Governor Martin, in 
North Carolina, and Lord Dunmore, in Virginia, were en- 
gaged in schemes to excite insurrections among the negro slaves. 
Colonel Robert Howe, with the Second North Carolina Bat- 
talion, was sent to Norfolk, in Virginia, where the British 
troops, being beaten at Great Bridge, were soon driven from 
the soil of the "Old Dominion." 

2. This occurred in the month of December, 1775. About 
the same time Colonels Griffith Rutherford, Thomas Polk 
and James Martin embodied their militia regiments and went 
to South Carolina, where they speedily crushed a Tory insur- 
rection of certain men called the "Scovilites." The militia 

were, of course, aided by Whig troops of that province. 

3. The term "Tory" was applied to men who upheld the 
royal authority, and they were opposed to any movement to 
defend the colonies against the exactions of the Crown and 
Parliament. The "Whigs," on the contrary, were at that day 
demanding that American commerce should be free, and that 
no taxes should be imposed in England to be levied in the 
colonies. They were loyal to the King and only opposed to 
that which they considered oppressive in the designs of his 

1776. 4. The new year, 1776, came in with Governor- 
Martin still lingering on board the Cruiser in the Cape Fear 


River. He was closely watched by Colonel James Moore, 
who kept his command (the First North Carolina Battalion), 
in that vicinity. In February came the news that the Scotch 
Highlanders and Regulators were gathering at a place called, 
at that day, "Cross Creek," and now the city of Fayetteville. 

5. A large fleet and army were on their way from England 
and elsewhere, to take the town of Wilmington. These men, 
assembling at Cross Creek by Governor Martin's orders, were 
in arms to force their way across the country and join the 
expected British army. Colonel Moore at once met them at 
Rockfish Creek, where he fortified his camp and awaited an 
attack. But he soon found this would not occur, so he sent 
Colonel Lillington and Captain Ashe with two hundred and 
fifty men to occupy a bridge over Moore's Creek that he sup- 
posed would intercept General Donald McDonald's flight to 
the sea. 

6. Whigs in arms were coming from different directions 
against these banded Tories, and they soon saw that unless 
they passed Colonel Moore they would all be surrounded 
and captured. McDonald was an old and skillful officer, and 
he moved across the Cape Fear River and started first to 
meet Colonel Caswell, who was coming up from New Bern 
with eight hundred men of that section. 

7. Caswell made haste to join Lillington on Moore's Creek, 
and artfully led the enemy to believe that he was camping 
on the evening of February 26, 1776, on the same side of the 
stream with him. He left his fires burning, but in the dark- 
ness crossed the bridge, removed the timbers except two log- 
girders, and took up a position supporting Lillington and 
Ashe, who had already put themselves in the best place to 
prevent the passage of the Tories. 


8. In the darkness of early dawn, on the 27th, Colonel 
Donald McLeod (Mak-lowcV) took the place of his sick com- 
mander, General McDonald, and burst into what he had been 
led to believe was Colonel Caswell's cam}) ; but his spies had 
been misled, and his foes were to be reached only by cross- 
ing the bridge before him. The prospect was appalling, but 
McLeod was brave, so putting himself at the head of a picked 
band of broad-swordsmen, he charged across the two logs. 
It was a terrible moment when the Whigs saw these dauntless, 
bare-legged Highlanders, who had so often broken the strong- 
est lines of troops in Europe, rushing furiously upon them. 
But they were cool, and the deadly rifles were plied upon the 
Scotchmen as fast as they came. 

9. Colonel McLeod fell dead in his headlong charge, being 
pierced by twenty-six balls. The carnage was so frightful that 
the onset was stayed, and then as the assailants became doubtful 
of forcing their way, Captain Ezekiel Slocumb, with his com- 
pany, rushed from the woods and charged their startled flank. 
A wild panic ensued, and the Tories fled in disorder from 
the fatal bridge. 

10. The Whigs followed in hot pursuit, and the victory 
was overwhelming and complete. Nearly two thousand of 
the Loyalists were thus defeated by eleven hundred undis- 
ciplined Whigs. Eight hundred prisoners, including Gen- 
eral McDonald, with all the camp stores, were taken. 

11. There was not a more complete victory during the war. 
It thwarted the schemes of Governor Martin, and so dis- 
pirited the Scotch and Regulators that years were to elapse 
before further trouble came from them. Lord Cornwallis 
came into the Cape Fear River with his army, but hearing of 
the disaster, sailed away, having effected nothing but an 
inglorious descent upon the farm of General Robert Howe. 


12. Thus began and ended the first British invasion of 
North Carolina. Colonel Moore was made a General for his 
wisdom in planning the campaign, and Caswell, Lillington 
and Ashe, with their gallant command, were everywhere 
honored for their bravery and success. 

Note. — A proclamation was issued soon after this, giving pardon to all 
who would submit to the government of the King, except General Robert 
Howe and Cornelius Harnett. 


1. In what scheme was Governor Martin found engaged ? Who was 
sent to Virginia ? 

2. What forces went to South Carolina? 

3. What is the meaning of the term "Tory" ? Of "Whig" ? 

4. What was the situation in Wilmington in 1776? What important 
news was received ? 

5. What expedition was coming to Wilmington ? How was it to be 
re-inforced ? How was Colonel Moore preparing to meet these men from 
Cross Creek? 

6. Mention other preparations for a tight. 

7. Give an account of Colonel Caswell's position on Moore's Creek ? 

8. Who commanded the Tories ? Describe his charge upon the Whigs. 

9. Give an account of the battle of Moore's Creek. When did this 
occur? Locate the scene of this battle on the map. 

10. What was the result ? 

11. What was the effect of the victory ? What distinguished British 
officer entered the Cape Fear ? 

12. How did the people feel towards Colonel Moore and the other com- 
manding officers ? 




A. D. 1776 TO 1777. 

When the wisest men in North Carolina gathered at Hali- 
fax on April 4, 1776, it was quickly seen that a great change 
had been effected in the sentiments of the Congress. A year 
before nearly all were professing loyalty to the British Crown, 
but in a few days it was determined that instructions should 
be sent to the North Carolina members of the Continental 
Congress that they should take such steps as would promote 
an early declaration of independence by the united colonies. 

2. With the exception of the Mecklenburg Declaration of 
the year before, there had been, up to that time, nowhere in 
all America a single organized body to venture on such a pro- 
position. Individuals like Samuel Adams, William Hooper 
and Christopher Gadsden, had been heard advocating it; but 
every other assembly was yet protesting its loyalty to the 
King. It was more than a month before Virginia would yet 
consent to Patrick Henry's demands, and the other colonies 
were to follow at intervals after her endorsement. 

3. In the annals of the world there is no prouder record 
than the entry made on the journals of the Halifax Congress, 
on the 13th day of April, 1776. A great fleet and army 
were yet upon the soil and within the waters of North Caro- 
lina, but this fleet could not deter these resolute patriots from 
thus taking the lead in a doubtful aud perilous departure 
from all the ties and obligations of the past. 


4. It can then be understood how joyously the new- was 
received at this same town of Halifax, on July 22(1, that the 
Continental Congress had aceeeded to the wishes of North 
Carolina, and had, on the 4th day of the same month, declared 
the "Independence of America." 

5. The "Council of Safety" was at that time in session at 
Halifax, and Cornelius Harnett, as the highest civil function- 
ary in the commonwealth, read to a great assemblage of the 
people that sublime protest against wrong and appeal to the 
"God of Battles," which Thomas Jefferson had so lately form- 
ulated at Philadelphia. It was ordered to be read in all 
portions of North Carolina, and with one exception as to the 
counties, the mandate of the civil authorities was everywhere 

6. All the North Carolina troops then in arms, including 
the two Continental battalions and the militia under General 
Ashe, were sent to Charleston. They were spectators of the 
combat in which the gallant Moultrie, with his fort of pal- 
metto logs, so signally defeated the same fleet under Sir Peter 
Parker that had been so recently in Cape Fear River. 

7. General James Moore started north from Charleston in 
command of his brigade, but died in Wilmington. Colonel 
Francis Nash succeeded to his place. General Howe was sent 
to Savannah to take command there, having with him his old 
command, the Second North Carolina Battalion. Four new 
battalions were ordered by the Provincial Congress and were 
soon to be in the field. 

8. On the same day with the battle in Charleston Harbor, 
June 28, 1776, the Cherokee Indians descended from their 
mountain homes and murdered two hundred western settlers. 
General Griffith Rutherford collected two thousand men of 


the militia regiments in his command, and took such swift 
and ample vengeance that from that time these Indians 
were to be of no more trouble to the frontier. They had been 
incited by British agents in their disastrous work. 

9. With the declaration of independence, it was at once 
determined, at Halifax, to create a State constitution and gov- 
ernment, and but for a resolution of some member to insert 
religious tests in the new organic law, the whole matter would 
have been then consummated. A convention met at Halifax, 
in December, and there framed a constitution for the State of 
North Carolina. 

10. Samuel Johnston had presided in the Congresses since 
the death of Colonel Harvey; but he held views that were dis- 
tasteful to the people, and in that way Colonel Caswell was 
not only selected to be president of the convention, but also 
the first Governor of the State. He had come to North Caro- 
lina from Maryland in the time of Governor Gabriel John- 
ston. He was a mere youth then, but was soon engaged in 
important duties. His wisdom and discretion were such that 
he had already been Speaker and Treasurer in the royal rule, 
and since then a member of Congress and Colonel in the 
New Bern district. 

11 . The new government went into operation at once, and 
the great work of supplying the State with judges, sheriffs, 
magistrates and other officers began. For several years past 
there had been no courts to punish offenders or administer the 
law otherwise. Everything had been in the hands of the 
provincial and district committees of safety. The British 
enemy was far from their borders, and though danger still 
lurked in the Tory strongholds, the Whigs went forward 
towards completing the great work of a free people in a 


sovereign commonwealth — governing themselves. In throwing 
off their allegiance to King George III., there was no fealty 
due from the people to any authority but the State of North 
Carolina. They were struggling with other communities to 
put down royal oppression, and their only obligation was to 
God and North Carolina. 


1. What great changes were observed in North Carolina after the Hali- 
fax Congress? What instructions were sent to the North Carolina mem- 
bers of the Continental Congress? 

2. Was North Carolina the only State asserting independence at this 
time ? How was the matter viewed by prominent men ? 

3. What is said of the proceedings of the Halifax Congress on April 
13, 1776? 

4. W T hat was done by the Congress at Philadelphia in regard to the 
proposition of North Carolina to declare independence? 

5. What did the people of Halifax do when the news of the "Declara- 
tion of Independence" came ? 

6. Where were the North Carolina troops at this time ? What engage- 
ment did they witness ? 

7. What valuable officer died at Wilmington ? Who succeeded him ? 
To what place was General Howe ordered ? 

8. How were the western settlers visited with disaster about this period ? 
Who went to their relief? 

O. What was determined at Halifax concerning a government for the 
State? What defeated the movement? When and where was the State 
Constitution framed ? 

10. Who was selected as the first Governor of North Carolina ? Can 
you tell something of Governor Caswell's history? 

11. Describe the operations of the new government? What was the 
general political condition of the people of North Carolina ? 




A, D, 1777 TO 1779. 

When the obstinate cruelty of King George, and more than 
a year of bloodshed had banished from American hearts 
all sentiment of loyalty to the Crown, it was seen that a new 
government was needed in place of that under which the colo- 
nists had previously lived. There was division among the 
wisest men in North Carolina as to the nature of the new 
system which had thus become necessary. 

2. Samuel Johnston was a very wise, rich and patriotic 
leader. He had large experience in public affairs and was 
devoted to his country, but thought that new experiments in 
government were dangerous. He wished to keep up the old 
system of rule as far as possible, and did not believe in the 
power of the people to properly govern themselves. These 
views were also held by General Allen Jones, of Northamp- 
ton, and other very prominent men. 

3. On the other hand, Willie Jones of Halifax, brother of 
General Allen Jones, was the leader of a majority of the leg- 
islators and people. He held as the fundamental article of 
his political creed, that the American people were capable of 
taking care of themselves, and that all political power belonged 
to and proceeded from them. Like Jefferson of Virginia, he 
advocated religious freedom, separation of Church and State, 
liberty of the press and choice of rulers by the masses at the 
ballot-box. All these new and startling departures from old 
precedents were incorporated into the new State government 


of North Carolina.* The British troops were far away to 
the north, and Governor Caswell and his coadjutors were left 
undisturbed to put into successful operation all branches of an 
untried system. 

4. All of the North Carolina Continentals were with Gen- 
eral Washington early in the new year 1777. They reached 
him in a great emergency. His army had just been driven 
from New York across the State of New Jersey, and such 
had been his losses by battle and otherwise, that when he 
reached the Delaware River he could hardly muster five thou- 
sand men. 

5. Sir William Howe, the British Commander-in-Chief, 
had twenty-nine thousand trained soldiers available, and when 
Lord Cornwallis, who had been pursuing the Americans, was 
halted by him, it was the salvation of the force left with 
General Washington. Had Sir William forborne to give that 
order to Cornwallis, which stopped the British advance, the 
struggle would have soon ended in the capture of Washing- 
ton. After a week of delay, Cornwallis was permitted to 
advance, and even then came up in time to see the last boat- 
loads of the American troops crossing the great river which 
so effectually stopped all further pursuit. 

1777. 6. When General Nash arrived at the American 
camp, after his long march from the south, he brought 
six full battalions of North Carolina Continentals, nearly 
doubling the force upon which the hopes of America mainlv 

*On page 32 the language used in the note concerning religions 
persecution is perhaps too broad. Koger Williams had established under 
the royal charter the first human government containing full religions 
liberty. Rhode Island, of course, never witnessed any persecution for non- 
conformity ; and later, in Pennsylvania and Maryland, complete toleration 
was extended to all Christians. 


depended. By this means General Washington was able soon 
after to confront the advancing enemy in the battle of Brandy- 
wine, on September 11th. At this and other engagements 
the North Carolina troops displayed both courage and dis- 

7. It was on the bloody occasion of the attack upon the 
British force at German town, October 4th, that their most 
glorious record was made. General Washington entrusted the 
post of honor on the extreme right flank of his line of attack 
to General Francis Nash. The British were driven by the 
North Carolinians a long distance on the right of the village, 
but the American divisions which had been sent in on the left 
failed to dislodge the enemy, and in this way left General 
Nash's force exposed both on his left and rear. 

8. It was a glorious but bloody day for North Carolina. 
The brigade suffered heavy loss in advancing, but greater 
when compelled to fall back for want of support. General 
Nash was mortally wounded, and Colonel Edward Buncombe, 
with Lieutenant-Colonel Irwin, and many other gallant ofiV 
cers, was slain upon the field. 

1778. 9. It was not until 1778 that the courts were fully 
established. Judges Ashe, Iredell and Spencer held terms at 
Wilmington and at five other towns twice a year. Waight- 
still Avery, as Attorney-General, was busy in trials for trea- 
son against the State. There were many men who yet labored 
to restore the King's authority, and against them was needed 
all the vigilance possible, both in the courts and at military 

10. At length the British forces were directed again toward 
the south. On December 29th General Robert Howe was 
driven from Savannah (Sa-van'nah) by General Prevost 


(Preh'vo), where the Second Battalion of Continentals was con- 
fronted by a regiment of North Carolina Tories under Colonel 
John Hamilton. Howe and his command were transferred 
to West Point, on the Hudson River, of which important post 
he was soon commander, with the rank of Major-General. 

1779. 11. More than three years of the war had passed 
away without serious disaster to North Carolina. No invaders 
disturbed her borders, and beyond the grief for friends slain 
in battle, there was cause for gratitude to God that so few evils 
of the war had yet visited the "Old North State." 

12. General Washington had evinced such nobility of soul 
and great military capacity that all American hearts were soon 
to be filled with love and admiration. With far-seeino; wis- 
dom, he was patiently biding his time to strike his enemies, 
and in foreign lands other great soldiers were applauding the 
mingled caution and boldness of his military movements. 


1. What did the colonists find necessary? How did the prominent men 
view the matter ? 

2. What were the views of Governor Johnston ? 

3. What did W i 1 1 ie Jones consider necessary for the people? 

4. Where were the North Carolina troops at this time ? What was the 
condition of Washington's array? 

5. How were the Continental troops benefited by an order of Sir Wil- 
liam Howe ? 

6. What battle was fought on September 11, 1777 ? 

7. On what battle field did the North Carolina troops specially distin- 
guish themselves on October 4th ? Relate the circumstances. 

8. How did General Nash and his troops suffer in this action ? 

9. When were the courts fully established ? Can you mention some- 
thing of the judicial system in this period? 

10. What occurred at Savannah on December 29th ? To what place 
was General Howe then transferred ? 

11. What cause had North Carolina to be grateful ? 

12. What is said of General Washington? 



A, D. 1779 TO 1780. 

With the capture of Savannah came uneasiness to all the 
Southern States. It was seen at once that Georgia was but a 
starting point in a general scheme of transferring hostilities 
from the north. Early in 1779 General John Ashe reached 
Charleston with two or more brigades of militia. These were 
hurried off at the importunate demands of the Governor of 
South Carolina, by General Benjamin Lincoln, to attack the 
British at Augusta. 

2. General Ashe remonstrated, saying his men were not 
yet ready for active service in the field ; but he went as directed. 
On his approach the enemy retired down the Savannah River, 
and Ashe, dividing his force, was so unfortunate as to fall 
into an ambush on Brier Creek, where his two thousand men 
at once became panic-stricken and were badly beaten. 

3. In the month of July this disaster was most brilliantly 
contrasted on the Hudson River. This was at Stony Point, 
where a strong American fortification had been recently cap- 
tured by the British. General Wayne found that it was gar- 
risoned by six hundred Scotch Highlanders, constituting one 
of the regular Royal regiments. The work was nearly sur- 
rounded by the river and morasses, and the single approach 
was so swept by the guns of the work, and also by those of 
several ships of war lying close by for the purpose of aiding 
in its defense, that it seemed well-nigh hopeless to attempt its 


4. Bat "Mad Anthony" Wayne was in command, and he 
rarely turned from a purpose because of danger in its execu- 
tion. He drew near at midnight, and with unloaded muskets, 
and courage that has never been surpassed, captured the 
stronghold at the point of his bayonets. 

5. Two columns of assault were sent in on his right and 
left; but to Major Hardy Murfree's two companies of the 
Second North Carolina Continental Battalion, as a forlorn 
hope, was the post of real honor and danger assigned. They 
charged full in front, up the steep hill-side, through several 
lines of abattis, and in this way received the hottest of the 
enemy's fire. 

6. Governor Caswell was succeeded, at the beginning of 
the year, by Abner Nash as Chief Magistrate of North Caro- 
lina. The Constitution provided that after three years' service 
the Executive became ineligible for another term. Governor 
Nash, like his predecessor, was a man of ability and patriot- 
ism, but did not equal him in the versatility of his power or 
his consummate skill in the management of men. 

1780. 7. When the year 1780 had come, all of the North 
Carolina troops of the line were ordered to the south. They 
were at Charleston with General Lincoln, being besieged 
there in the month of February by an overwhelming force 
under Sir Henry Clinton. In addition to the army, the 
British Generalissimo had come down from New York with 
a great fleet. 

8. The brave defense was all unavailing, and on May 12th 
General Lincoln was forced to surrender. It was a direful 
day for North Carolina. All six of the Continental battal- 
ions and a full thousand of her militia became prisoners of 
war. It was a fatal rashness in General Lincoln to have 


allowed himself to be cooped up in a city. Thus, while no 
real benefit resulted to the American cause, or to the Palmetto 
State, North Carolina was, at one fell blow, stripped of all 
her defenders. 

9. Sir Henry Clinton sailed back to New York after the 
capitulation, but he left a man of far superior ability, with an 
army, to continue the conquest of South Carolina. This was 
the Earl Cornwallis, who was the bravest and most skillful 
British soldier then in the world. He was to remain this 
time long enough to be forever remembered, and to take bloody 
vengeance for his inglorious experience with Sir Peter Parker 
four years before. 

10. The first movement of Cornwallis, after capturing 
Charleston, was to send Lieutenant-Colonel Tarleton (Tarl'- 
ton), with his dragoons, to intercept a column of infantry 
which was approaching from Virginia, under the command 
of Colonel Buford. These were surprised and cut to pieces. 
Among others, the North Carolina company of Captain John 
Stokes, lost heavily in the sudden and bloody attack. 

11. This disaster occurred in the Waxhaw (Wax' haw) set- 
tlement, and was on the State line, not far from Charlotte, in 
North Carolina. Thus, not a troop of disciplined soldiers was 
left for the defence of this State, when everything indicated a 
speedy invasion, except the two companies of mounted infantry 
which were commanded by the gallant Major William R. 
Davie (Da'vee). This little band hovered continually in the 
neighborhood of the scene of Colonel Buford's defeat. 

12. Governor Rutledge, of South Carolina, upon the fall of 
Charleston, offered to cease fighting the British if they would 
allow his State to remain neutral for the remainder of the 
war ; but a very different feeling actuated Governor Nash and 


his people when apprised of the great disaster. If the Con- 
tinental veterans were all prisoners, there were still brave 
hearts and deadly rifles left with whieh to continue the struggle. 


1. What was apprehended in North Carolina after the fall of Savannah, 
and why ? Who was put in command of the brigades under General John 
Ashe? Where were these troops carried? 

2. What befel the command on the route? 

3. What victory was gained by the Americans on Hudson River? Who 
was in command ? Describe the situation of Stony Point. 

4. Give an account of the attack on this stronghold? 

*5. What troops occupied the post of special danger? Plow did they 
perform their duty ? 

G. Who succeeded Governor Caswell ? W T hy was Governor Caswell 
not re-elected. 

7. Where were the North Carolina soldiers in 1780? What enemy 
was besieging them ? 

8. How did the siege terminate ? Why was this surrender disastrous 
to North Carolina ? 

O. What did Clinton do after the capitulation ? Who was left in com- 
mand of the British ? What is said of Lord Cornwallis? 

10. What was his first military movement? Describe the engagement 
between Tarleton and Buford. 

11. Where did this action occur? What was the condition of North 
Carolina's defences ? 

12. What proposition was made to the British by the Governor of 
South Carolina? What was the sentiment in North Carolina? 






A, D. 1780, 

When the great disaster at Charleston became known to the 
North Carolina Tories, and they had fully realized that British 
troops were close at hand, and probably coming, the spirit that 
had seemed crushed at Moore's Creek began to revive. They 
had suffered indignities from the Whigs on account of their 
support of the King, and they now determined on swift and 
bloody revenge. 

2. John Moore, who was Lieutenant-Colonel in Hamilton's 
Regiment, returned to his former residence and assembled, 
early in June, thirteen hundred Loyalists at Ramsour's Mill. 
General Rutherford, hearing of this in his camp near the 
Waxhaws, thought it impolitic to leave that position because 
of a threatened movement of the British then in his front. 
He therefore sent orders to Colonel Francis Locke, of Rowan, 
to assemble his militia and at once attack the Tories. 

3. No command was ever more promptly or bravely obeyed. 
Locke mustered four hundred of his neighbors, and went 
through the darkness of the night in search of foes outnum- 
bering him threefold. At early dawn on the 20th, with 
mounted men in front, he charged boldly upon the Tory camp 
that was pitched near a mill in sight of the present village of 
Lincolnton. The Loyalists fled before the first charge, but 
rallied on a hill and checked the horsemen in pursuit. The 
Whigs on foot came to the rescue and drove them, routed, from 
the field. 


4. This brilliant and important victory was all-important 
at that fearful juncture. It was a bloody and heroic affair, 
and was a foretaste of what resistance might be expected of 
the brave mountain men. It was a struggle between neigh- 
bors and ancient friends, and carried bereavement to hundreds 
of North Carolina fire-sides. 

5. Major Davie, with his small command, commenced a 
series of daring adventures, which immortalized his name for 
bravery and military skill. At Flat Rock, also at Hanging 
Rock in South Carolina, he inflicted such stunning blows that 
Tarleton's Legion found it had a foe who could be as daring as 
he was wary. Colonel Isaac Shelby, at Musgrove's Mill, also 
performed a feat of romantic daring. 

6. Thus, wholly unaided by any Continental authorities, 
the militia of North Carolina assumed the defence of their 
homes and inflicted such frequent and telling blows upon the 
enemy that Lord Cornwallis halted at Camden to receive fur- 
ther re-inforcements before venturing upon the stubborn race 
that could be so dangerous with so little military preparation. 

7. Upon the fall of Charleston, General Horatio Gates was 
put in command in the South, in place of General Lincoln. 
His success at Saratoga had given him great popularity, and 
some misguided men were advocating his substitution even in 
the place of General Washington. It was only necessary to 
wait a short time to show the folly of all such views. He 
was, at best, an empty old martinet, who had learned something 
of military routine in the camps, but was as devoid of real 
ability as he was vain and rash. He was soon to prove that 
the old story of General Schuyler's (Ski'ler) being the real 
hero at Saratoga was true. 

8. He came to Deep River on July 25th, where in camp 
he found one Delaware and two Maryland battalions of Conti- 


centals. Colonel Armand's light-horse and three companies 
of artillery, under the command of the Baron DeKalb. Learn- 
ing that General Caswell had a considerable militia force at 
Cheraw in South Carolina, he started, two days later, for the 
neighborhood of Lord Cornwallis and his army at Camden. 

9. He reached Cheraw with some additional troops that had 
joined him on the march. On August 15th, taking a large 
portion of Caswell's militia, he set out with the purpose of 
surprising Cornwallis. Colonel Armand was marching in front 
when, at midnight, his dragoons recoiled from an unexpected 
meeting with the British vanguard. The collision was unex- 
pected on both sides, and threw General Gates' column into 

10. He was vainly besought by his officers to retreat, as the 
veteran force of the enemy had not been surprised. Both 
sides halted and prepared for battle. At dawn Lord Corn- 
wallis sent his regulars with fixed bayonets upon the militia on 
the right, and they fled ingloriously from the field. 

11. Colonel Henry Dickson held his regiment of North 
Carolina militia firmly to the front, and with the Continental 
troops, they offered a most stubborn and gallant defence. But 
the flight of so many made it necessary to withdraw the few 
who thus contested the field. 

12. The American defeat was complete. Two thousand 
men were killed, wounded and captured. All the stores and 
transportation were utterly lost. General Gates fled early 
in the action, and spurred on without stopping, to Hillsboro, 
in this State. He had apparently ruined the American cause 
in the South, and was to disappear from the arena of military 

Note. — The capture of General Griffith Rutherford at Camden was one 
of the most deplorable incidents of the disaster. His courage, military 


ability and influence among his people made him invaluable to the Ameri- 
can cause. 


1. What was the feeling of the Tories in North Carolina after the disas- 
ter at Charlotte? 

2. Where were the Tories assembling ? Who was sent to attack them ? 

3. Describe the attack. What was the result? 

4. In what respect was this an important victory? 
*5. Mention some of Major Davie's exploits. 

6. Hew did these engagements affect Cornwallis? 

7. Who was put in command of the southern forces? What kind of 
man was General Gates ? 

8. What was his first military movement? 

9. What occurred on August loth, 1780? 

10. How did the engagement result? 

11. What is said of Colonel Dickson and his regiment ? 

12. What was the termination of this affair? How did General Gates 
act ? 




A, D. 1780. 

General Gates, by his rashness, had again destroyed the 
army to which North Carolina looked for defence against the 
invasion of the British under Lord Corn wal lis. But Governor 
Nash did not for a moment falter in his efforts for the con- 
tinuance of the war and the protection of the people. In a 
short time five thousand Continental and militia troops were 
in motion for the neighborhood of Charlotte. 

2. Generals Jethro Sumner and William L. Davidson were 
put in command of two camps, where the raw levies were 
drilled and equipped for the field. Colonel Davie was still 
continually in the enemy's front, to watch and report every 
movement. Since the rout and dispersion of General Sum- 
ter's command by Tarleton, this was the only mounted force 
left in the South. 

3. In September Lord Corn wal lis at last moved forward 
from his camp at Camden. He sent Colonel Patrick Fergu- 
son toward the scene of the late Tory defeat at Ramsour's 
Mill. This Colonel Ferguson was one of the ablest officers 
in all the King's armies. He was cool, daring and skilled in 
everything relating to the conduct of military affairs. He 
could manage men in camps and in battle, and excelled all 
others in arousing the spirit of the Tories. He induced hun- 
dreds of men to take sides with the King when another 
would have failed in so doing. 


4. As Lord Cornwallis marched upon North Carolina, 
Colonel Davie hung upon his front and fell back only as com- 
pelled by the advance of the British army. He made but one 
dash against his pursuers before reaching Charlotte ; but there 
he and Major Joseph Graham halted under the court-house in 
the middle of the village, and surprised Cornwallis and the 
whole British army with their stubborn and bloody reception 
in the place so often called the " Hornet's Nest." 

5. The English Earl was so harassed by the daring attacks 
of the militia upon his men at Mclntyre's Farm and else- 
where, that he concluded to remain at Charlotte until he could 
hear from Colonel Ferguson. That officer had halted at a 
place called Gilberttown, where his one hundred and fifty 
British Regulars were .soon re-inforced bv large numbers of 
native Royalists, who came to the English flag to take service 
in its behalf. 

6. Colonel Charles McDowell and others, hearing that Fer- 
guson was enrolling the Tories, met at Watauga and took 
counsel against him. No General was present, and McDowell 
was so old they feared he would be unable to endure the 
probable hard marching necessary if they should overtake 
their wily foe. Colonel Campbell, of Virginia, as a cour- 
tesy to one belonging outside of the State, was put in com- 
mand by the North Carolina officers, and they set out to look 
for the enemy. 

7. Colonels Shelby, Sevier (Se-veer'), Cleaveland, and Wil- 
liams, of South Carolina, together with Major Joseph Mc- 

Note. — Davie's whole force did not number more than two hundred men, 
and yet so cool and bravely did they meet the British assault, that the 
enemy was several times driven back. Major Graham was, at that time, 
just twenty-one years old, and he exhibited such courage and conduct as 
have never been excelled. In one attack upon him he received nine 
wounds and was left for dead on the field, but made his escape. 


Do well, selected nine hundred picked men from their mounted 
force, and through the stormy thirty hours of their march kept 
their saddles until they found the foe on the summit of King's 
Mountain. It was a strong position, but the heroic moun- 
taineers surrounded it at once, and on October 7th began the 

8. Ferguson fought like a lion at bay, but the deadly rifles 
of the assailants were plied upon his ranks as the Loyalists 
were pushed back step by step. Time and again the British 
commander headed the regulars, and by desperate charges 
would drive back a portion of the advancing Whig lines. At 
last Ferguson was slain, after being many times wounded, and 
soon the British fire slackened, and then to the nine hundred 
militiamen of the hills the remnant of eleven hundred and 
twenty-five Loyalists laid down their arms and six hundred 
became prisoners of war. 

9. It was a bloody and glorious victory. Nearly all the 
large number of British disabled were dead upon the field. 
Their proportion of wounded was perhaps smaller than was 
ever seen in a modern battle. The Whigs lost three field 
officers, one captain and fifty-three privates. The whole bat- 
tle had been fought around the lofty summit of the mountain, 
which was a level table five hundred yards long and seventy 

10. It was a most opportune success, and apprised Lord 
Cornwallis of what dangers might await his further advance. 
He became so disheartened upon learning of the disaster that 
he at once fell back to Winnsboro, in South Carolina. Joy 
went out to every patriot heart in America. North Carolina 
was again freed of invaders, and the Tories of every section 
felt their hopes sink as they realized the swiftness and com- 
pleteness of this overthrow of their coadjutors. 


'11. The victory of King's Mountain was a great blessing 
to the American cause in the South, and an equal benefit accrued 
in the arrival of Major-General Nathaniel Greene, of Rhode 
Island, who was sent by General Washington as the Southern 
commander, in place of General Gates. At last a truly wise 
and jjreat soldier had come to redeem a brave cause from the 
curse and ruin of incompetent Generals. 

12. General Greene was soon to prove himself a great com- 
mander. He was gentle, unselfish and true, and loved the 
cause for which he fought better than his own life. He was 
brave, cautious and quick to seize upon all the faults of his 
opponent. He could patiently wait until battle was proper, 
and even in apparent defeat was really more dangerous than 
less competent commanders are often seen with a foe beaten 
and in full flight. 


1. What number of troops did General Nash raise toward the defence 
of North Carolina ? 

2. What Generals were put in command? Where was Colonel Davie? 

3. What move did Cornwallis make? To what place was Colonel Fer- 
guson sent? What is said of him as a commander? 

4. Where was Colonel Davie? Relate the exploit of Colonel Davie 
and Major Joseph Graham at Charlotte. 

5. What were the movements of Cornwallis ond Ferguson ? 

O. What preparations were made towards attacking Ferguson ? Who 
was put in command of the troops, and why ? 

7. What was the strength of the command ? Where did they find the 
enemy ? When did the battle begin ? 

8. Describe the battle of King's Mountain. 

9. Mention some of the losses. 

10. How did the victory affect Cornwallis? 

11. What officer was sent to take the place of General Gates in the 
South ? 

12. What was General Greene's military ability? 




A. D. 1781, 

General Greene became aware that his great trouble would 
be in obtaining food in sufficient quantities to feed an army 
large enough to meet the British in the open field. Generals 
Gregory and Jones were ordered back to their homes, and their 
brigades were disbanded because of this poverty of resources 
in that section of the country. General Morgan was sent west 
of Catawba River ; another camp was established at Cheraw, 
and the militia of Rowan and Mecklenburg, under General 
Davidson, were allowed to await at their homes for any call 
that might become necessary. 

1781. 2. Such was the state of affairs in General Greene's 
command, when Lord Cornwallis was re-inforced by the arrival 
of another division of troops under the command of Major- 
General Leslie. On January 17th, Lieutenant-Colonel Tarle- 
ton, with his famous legion and the First Battalion of the 
Seventy-first Regiment, assailed General Morgan at Cowpens. 
These men had so often cut to pieces such American forces 
that they expected an easy disposition of them on this occasion. 

3. They were received by the Americans with the utmost 
coolness and self-possession. The deadly fire emptied so many 
British saddles that the bold riders were thrown into confusion. 
Like a thunderbolt, then came a charge of the American light- 
horse, under Lieutenant-Colonel William Washington. They 
rode down and sabred the terrified Britons, chasing them for 
many miles from the field. 


4. In less than an hour the eleven hundred British had been 
so thoroughly beaten that they lost five hundred and two 
prisoners, three hundred killed and wounded, with artillery 
and stores. General Morgan had but eight hundred men, and 
though flushed with victory, he remembered that the main 
army of the enemy was at Turkey Creek, only twenty-five 
miles away. He burned his captured stores, and leaving his 
and the enemy's wounded under protection of a flag, at once 
began his retreat. 

5. He well knew that Lord Cornwallis would be enraged at 
Tarleton's disaster, and would seek the recapture of his pris- 
oners. For twelve days the victors fled from the scene of their 
glory, and sure enough, the British were pushing up all this 
time close behind them. At the expiration of that time, as 
the day was closing in, and General Morgan had just gotten 
safely over the Catawba River, he looked back and saw the 
British vanguard on the other bank of the stream. 

6. The exultant pursuers had overcome the twenty-five 
miles of start, and they lay down to sleep with the utmost 
confidence that on the next day they could easily overtake the 
fugitives. But they miscalculated their chances. Soon the 
rain began falling, and when the night was past, the river had 
become a great flood and was pouring between them and the 
opposite banks. 

7. The baffled foe was compelled to halt, for the passage of 
the stream was impossible. The high water remained in the 
river for forty-eight hours, during which time the British 
were unable to effect a crossing. General Morgan sent his 
militia with the prisoners on to Virginia, and with his Con- 
tinentals, met General Greene at Sherrill's Ford. There they 
unfortunately disagreed as to future operations and General 
Morgan left the service. 


8. During the two days that Lord Cornwallis was stopped 
by the rise in the Catawba River, General Greene made 
arrangements to dispute its passage. This was attempted, and 
in the fight at Cowan's Ford, the British, after some loss, forced 
a passage. Unfortunately brave General Davidson, who was 
in command of the militia, was killed, and upon his fall, his 
men retreated from the field. They were surprised by Tarle- 
ton at Torrence's Tavern, six miles away in the direction of 

9. The chase was renewed and General Greene was again 
subjected to great danger. When he reached Salisbury he was 
so dejected at the condition of affairs that a good woman named 
Mrs. Elizabeth Steele sought to cheer him by words of hope. 
He told her how he was flying for life, and though he was the 
Southern commander, he was whollv without friends and with- 
out money. She generously pressed upon him a purse of her 
own savings, and with hope revived, he resumed his retreat. 

10. A rise in the waters of Yadkin River after the Ameri- 
cans had crossed, repeated the scenes witnessed on the Catawba, 
and thus, while General Greene was enabled to reach his force 
from Cheraw, Lord Cornwall is was compelled to make a wide 
detour up the river to get across. 

11. Again, in a few days, the Americans, still retreating, 
found their enemies once more close up in their rear. For 

Note. — While General Greene was in the house of Mrs. Steele at Salis- 
bury, he caught sight of a picture of King George III. hanging upon the 
wall. The picture recalled many unpleasant memories and hardships to 
the General. He took it from the wall, and, with a piece of chalk, wrote 
upon the back : " O, George, hide thy face and mourn." He then replaced 
the picture with its face to the wall and rode away. This picture, with the 
writing on the back still visible, is now thought to be in the possession 
of Mrs. Governor Swain. [Rumple's History of Rowan County.] 

coknw alms' last invasion. 117 

several days, ou long stretches in the road, the two armies could 
see each other.* At last, on February 13th, Dan River was 
reached, and Lord Corn wall is came up only in time to see the 
last boat loads of the Americans safely landing on the other 
side of the wide stream which was too deep for the British to 

12. Thus ended this famous retreat, extending more than 
two hundred miles. It gave General Greene great reputation, 
and the struggling Americans took fresh heart, for they knew 
they had a General in command who could provide wisely and 
well amid all the dangers so thickly environing him. 

^General Greene was so hotly pursued that he found it necessary to 
check the enemy in some way, and the gallant Colonel Otho H. Williams, 
of Maryland, with a corps of light troops numbering seven hundred men, 
was detailed to cover the retreat. This detachment most faithfully per- 
formed its duty. Taking but one meal each day, and six hours' sleep in 
forty-eight, they retarded the progress of the enemy so much, by frequent 
collisions, that Greene was enabled to considerably increase the distance 
between the two armies. 


1. What great trouble did General Greene foresee? How did he dis- 
pose of the forces ? 

2. At what place were the Americans attacked ? 

3. Describe the battle of Camden. Where is Camden ? 

4. What were the British losses? What was done by General Morgan ? 

5. Describe the events of the next twelve days. 

6. What occurred during the night while the two armies were camped 
on opposite sides of the river? 

7. How did the rise in the river benefit the Americans? Find the 
Catawba River on the map. What occurred at Sherrill's Ford ? 

8. Give an account of the engagement at Cowan's Ford. 

9. What happened to General Greene at Salisbury ? 

10. What river was next crossed? 

11. What river was crossed on February 13th, 1781 ? 

12. How many miles had Greene been pursued by Cornwallis ? Can 
you go to the map and trace the course of this famous retreat? 




A, D. 1781. 

When the British commander found that General Greene 
was completely beyond his reach, he went to Hillsboro and 
erected the royal standard. In consequence of his proclama- 
tions and the flight of General Greene from the State, several 
hundred Tories collected under Colonel John Pyle and started 
to join Lord Cornwallis. General Greene had sent Lieuten- 
ant-Colonel Henry Lee across Dau River to observe the 

2. Pyle and his Tories had no dream of meeting any but 
British troops, and drew near uttering cheers for King 
George. Suddenly the bugles of the light-horse sounded a 
charge, and John Pyle and his men were cut down in their 
places. In five minutes ninety lay dead upon the ground, and 
nearly all the others were prisoners of war. This bloody 
affair has been called "Pyle's Hacking Match." 

3. Major Joseph Graham, with his mounted force, had just 
before captured a picket of twenty-five men a mile and a half 
away from Hillsboro. General Polk's militia were also in 
the same vicinity, and soon General Greene, having received 
re-inforcements, recrossed the Dan and assumed a position on 
the Reedy Fork, a confluent of Haw River. 

4. Cornwallis, hearing of Pyle's disaster, left Hillsboro and 
moved westward to protect any Tories that might seek to 
reach him. The first time the two armies again saw anything 
of each other was at Whitsell's Mill. At that place Colonel 


Otho H. Williams was posted with a body of light troops, 
which Lord Cornwallis attempted to cut off from the main 
body. He failed in so doing, but both armies were filled with 
admiration at a display of personal gallantry. 

5. Colonel Williams had posted sharp-shooters in and 
around the mill-house. These discovered a British officer 
approaching a ford below them, and saw that he was leading 
men and trying to cross the stream. Many deadly rifles were 
soon hurling their missiles around him, but slowly, and as if 
unconscious of being under fire, he crossed in safety. This 
intrepid man was Lieutenant-Colonel Wilson Webster, then a 
brigade commander under Cornwallis. 

6. On March 15, 1781, General Greene being at the court- 
house of Guilford county, learned that the British army was 
approaching on the Salisbury road. He posted his men in 
three lines and awaited the enemy's arrival. He came on in 
fine style, and the first American line, composed of militia, 
gave ground, and only the men of the gallant Captain Forbis, 
of the Hawfields, gained credit for their conduct. The 
British found stubborn resistance in the second and third lines, 
where the Continentals w r ere posted. 

7. It was a furious and bloody conflict, and such havoc was 
wrought in the British ranks by a charge of Colonels Howard 
and Washington, that Lord Cornwallis opened fire with his 
artillery upon his friends and foes alike, and thus checked 
this dangerous American movement. General Greene at 
length gave orders for retreat, and the field was left in the 
possession of the British. 

8. British valor was never more splendidly exhibited than 
upon this hard fought field. With less than half of Greene's 
force, they had won the field, but the victory was too costly. 


At least one-fourth of the British force was dead and disabled, 
including the gallant Webster, the hero of Whitsell's Mill. 
General Greene, having halted close by the scene of conflict, 
returned three days later to again offer battle, but Lord Corn- 
wallis was flying for safety. He who had so long sought to 
bring on an engagement was now the fugitive. 

9. General Greene followed in pursuit, but failing to overtake 
his foe, he turned his course and marched against Lord Raw- 
don, in South Carolina. He had virtually redeemed North 
Carolina from the grasp of her foes, and went to enlarge the 
benefit by including the two other Southern commonwealths 
in a similar blessing. 

10. Lord Cornwallis went as fast as he could to Wilming- 
ton. His stay was short there, for he speedily marched, by 
way of Halifax, to Virginia. There, ere long, this great 
soldier was to close his career in America. He had, with a 
small portion of the British force under the command of Sir 
Henry Clinton, accomplished more than all his compatriots. 

11. There was to be yet another year of tribulation to 
North Carolina by reason of David Fanning's movements, but 
no more British armies were to bring ruin and terror to any 
portion of the commonwealth. The purblind and misguided 
Tories were to continue a struggle fast growing desperate, and 
to many a. household there w r ere shortly to come the most 
cruel experiences of all the war. 

12. Governor Nash had ceased from executive functions, 
and Thomas Burke, of Orange, was his successor in office. 
This bold, gay and gifted Irishman had been conspicuous both 
in the State Assembly and Continental Congress. He was 
thoroughly devoted to the American cause, and was giving it 
every energy of his nature. 



I. Where did Cornwallis next go ? What recruits were raised and who 
was put in command ? Who had General Greene appointed to watch the 
enemy ? 

U. Describe the surprise and defeat of Colonel Pyle and his men. 
3. Mention the movements of Major Joseph Graham. Of General 
Greene ? 

4-. Give an account of the affair at Whitsell's Mill. 

5. What special act of bravery is related ? 

6. What occurred on March 15, 1781 ? Give some account of the battle 
of Guilford Court-House. 

7. How did the engagement terminate ? 

8. What is said of the British victory ? What did General Greene do 
three days later ? 

9. Where did he then go? 

10. Where did Cornwallis carry his armv ? 

II. What notorious man is now mentioned ? What was the condition of 
affairs in the State at that time ? 

12. Who succeeded Governor Nash, and what is said of him ? 

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A. D, 1781. 

When Lord Cornwallis left Wilmington, in the month of 
April, 1781, on his way to Virginia, there were no British 
troops left in North Carolina but four hundred regulars 
and some Tory recruits, constituting the garrison of Wilming- 
ton. Major James H. Craig was in command there, having 
captured the place in the preceding January. 

2. He had been trained to arms as his business in life. 
When General Burgoyne surrendered at Saratoga, Craig was 
his Adjutant-General. He was skillful as a soldier, but 
utterly unscrupulous as to the means he used to carry out his 
objects. Seeing the British driven from almost all the State, 
he determined to ruin a people he could not subdue, and 
began to stir up a warfare of neighborhoods. 

3. He found in David Fanning,* of Chatham, a powerful 
aid to this inhuman scheme. Fanning had been reared in 
ignorance and poverty, but was gifted by nature with cunning, 
valor and an utter disregard for every prompting to pity and 
humanity. He could plan well, execute swiftly and seemed 
to grow more capable as dangers thickened around him. 

4. To these qualities, which might have given him power 
and fame, he added the practice of the most beastly and detest- 

*David Fanning was born in Johnston county, about the year 1754. He 
bore the rank of Colonel among his Tory followers. His entire career 
through that period was a mixture of robberies, house-burnings and cold 
blooded murders. In his "Narrative" he states that he was "twice 
wounded and fourteen times taken prisoner by the rebels." 


able vices. He had no regard for his duty to God or man, 
and seemed in his actions utterly devoid of a of moral 

5. Such was the monster chosen by Major Craig to pillage 
and ruin a large portion of the State. He was sent out from 
Wilmington to the different Tory settlements, and soon, from 
Wilmington, small parties were passing with orders to the 
Scotchmen and Regulators, and the butchery began. How 
many were slain, man by man, at his own fireside, will never 
be known. In a little while houses were burned in every 
direction, families butchered, and such a state of affairs existed 
that Colonel Tarleton declared that its continuance would 
have soon depopulated North Carolina. 

6. Colonel Fanning began his military operations by sur- 
prising a court-martial in Chatham. His prisoners were dis- 
posed of by parole or sent to Wilmington. This was in July, 
1781. His attack upon the house of Colonel Philip Alston, 
a few days later, was a more serious matter, for he encountered 
stubborn resistance and some loss before compelling the sur- 
render of a force almost as large as his own, and protected by 
the walls of a large house. Four of the Whigs were killed, 
and those who remained alive were spared from butchery bv 
Fanning only at the earnest appeals of Mrs. Alston. 

7. Fanning's movements called for resistance, and Colonel 
Thomas Wade collected a force of more than three hundred 
men at McFall's Mill, in Cumberland county. These were 
speedily attacked and utterly driven from that portion of the 
country. It was afterwards found by the victors that Colonel 
Dudley's Chatham regiment of cavalry was disbanded, and 
Fanning immediately pushed on to Hillsboro. On the morn- 


ing of September 12th, his force entered the town, and suc- 
ceeded in capturing Governor Burke and several other promi- 
nent persons. 

8. The bold marauders who had thus seized the capital of 
the State, at once started with their prisoners for Wilmington ; 
but tidings of their deeds had reached men who went to Cane 
Creek, and at Lindley's Mills awaited their return. The 
Whigs, nominally commanded by General John Butler, were 
really directed by Major Robert Mebane {Meb'ane) in their 
brave and bloody reception of the Tories. 

9. Colonel Hector McNeil, leading the attack, was slain, 
and his followers driven back in confusion. It seemed that 
Governor Burke would be rescued and the whole Tory column 
captured, when David Fanning, ever fertile in expedients, 
discovered a ford in Cane Creek, and having crossed with a 
portion of his command, he attacked the Whigs in the rear. 
This soon ended the battle, which was a bloody one to both 
sides, with victory to the Tories. 

10. About the same time with the capture of Hillsboro, a 
most gallant and successful attack was made upon the Tory 
stronghold at Elizabethtown in Bladen county. There sixty 
Whigs, in the favoring darkness of night, fell upon and drove 
out a largely superior force, commanded by Colonel John 
Slingsby. He and many of his men were slain, and Major 
Craig was thus confined to his fortifications. 

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Note. — Colonel Fanning gives the account of this affair as follows : "We 
received several shots from different houses ; however, we lost none and 
suffered no damage, except one man wounded. We killed fifteen of the 
rebels and wounded twenty; and took upwards of two hundred prisoners ; 
amongst them was the Governor, his council, and part of the Conti- 
nental colonels, several captains and subalterns, and seventy-one Conti- 
nental soldiers out of a church. We proceeded to the gaol and released 
thirty Loyalists and British soldiers." 


11. General Griffith Rutherford had been a prisoner since 
the battle of Camden. Upon his exchange, the dauntless and 
tireless hero at once renewed his efforts to deliver North Caro- 
lina from her foes. Soon he collected his brave Mecklen- 
burg and Rowan militia and marched for Wilmington. 

12. When he arrived near by, he received news of Lord 
Cornwallis' surrender at Yorktown, on October 19, 1781.* 
He pushed on his lines, and when he drew near he found that 
Major Craig had taken ships and was flying from the land he 
had so scourged by his presence. 

*The number of men enlisted from North Carolina in the Conti- 
nental army during the Revolutionary war, was : In 1775, 2,000 ; 1776 
4,134; 1777,1,281; 1778,1,287; 1779,4,930; 1780, 3,000; 1781,3,545; 
1782,1,105; 1783,097. The State furnished, in Continental troops and 
militia, 22,910 men. 

In no battle of the war was the righting more stubborn and bloody than 
at Eutaw Springs, South Carolina. This occurred on September 8, 1781, 
and upon the three North Carolina Continental battalions fell the brunt 
of the strusirle. 



1. What British forces were in North Carolina after the departure of 
Cornwallis ? Who was in command at Wilmington? 

2. Can you tell something of Major Craig? 

3. Tell something of the character of David Fanning ? 

4. Give further description of his traits. 

5. Mention the horrible condition of the State under Farming's exploits. 

6. Relate Fanning^ attack on the Chatham court-martial. What 
occurred at Colonel Alston's house ? 

7. What officer went to attack Fanning? What was the memorable 
exploit of Fanning on September 12, 1781 ? . 

8. What preparations were made for a fight at Lindley's Mill? 

9. Describe the engagement. 

10. What occurred at Elizabethtown ? 

11. What was done by General Rutherford upon his exchange ? 

12. What did he find upon his arrival at Wilmington ? 



A. D. 1782 TO 1784. 

1782. At last the seven years of war had all gone by. 
David Fanning even ceased to murder his victims, and escaped 
from the State he had so cruelly ravaged. He was the vilest 
and bloodiest wretch ever seen in our limits, and most richly 
deserved the punishment of the gallows. He continued his 
criminal courses as long as he lived, and was pardoned for a 
capital felony committed on the Island of Cape Breton not 
long before his departure from this world. 

2. The Whigs had triumphed in the long and deadly strug- 
gle, and bitterly remembered how much they had suffered at 
the hands of the Tories. Many of these men had fled from 
North Carolina, but under the treaty of peace, they sought to 
return and recover the possession of their former homes. The 
people resolved that this should not be so, therefore, wherever 
the Tories had left their homes they were refused permission 
to return. 

3. By their patient bravery, the American people had not 
only achieved their personal freedom, but were also the masters 
and owners of a vast and fertile realm. A broad land, watered 
by noble streams and abounding in all natural resources, was 
theirs. By the blessing of God, their own bravery and the 
timely aid of their French allies, King George III. and the 
Parliament of Great Britain had most signally failed in their 
effort to destroy the liberties of America. 


4. When the news reached England of Cornwall is' surren- 
der, Lord North exclaimed: "Oh God! It is all over." He 
well knew that the stubborn King had exhausted the patience 
of the English people. They, and not the King and his 
ministers, at last put a stop to the bloodshed between the two 
countries. On November 30, 1782, a treaty was signed in 
Paris by which American independence was acknowledged. 
The mighty republic which has grown up in the century just 
past, is a very different factor among the nations of the world 
from what the subjugated colonies would have been. 

5. When Fanning captured Governor Burke at Hillsboro, 
the Chief Magistracy of the State devolved upon Colonel Alex- 
ander Martin, of Guilford. This latter gentleman had seen 
some service in the field as an officer of the Continentals. He 
was shrewd as a politician, and was long highly honored in 
the multitude and importance of the trusts committed to his 
keeping. Governor Burke was treated, from the hour of his 
capture, with extraordinary harshness. He walked to Wil- 
mington and was shipped by Major Craig to Charleston. 

6. General Leslie, who commanded the British army in 
South Carolina, placed the captive Governor upon an island 
near Charleston, where the deadly malaria was supplemented 
by danger of assassination from certain Tories, who were loud 
in their threats of executing such a purpose. Burke made 
repeated applications for a change of quarters, or for exchange 
as a prisoner, but was told that he was kept as a hostage to be 
executed in case of the capture and punishment of David 

7. After months of torture from such treatment, Governor 
Burke, disregarding his parole to the limits of the island, ef- 
fected his escape and returned to North Carolina. He resumed 


executive functions for the short interval between his return 
and the meeting of the Legislature. (He was defeated by 
Alexander Martin in their contest for the Chief Magistracy, 
and was deeply humiliated thereby) .The members of the 
General Assembly could not condone his breach of his parole, 
and he regarded it as evidence of public condemnation. His 
sensitive spirit was continually brooding over this and certain 
domestic afflictions; and despite the love and assurances of 
many warm friends and admirers, he was soon to fall a victim 
to his own emotions. 

1784. 8. When peace had been made, and the war-worn 
Continentals had all returned to their homes, there were two 
questions of supreme moment to be settled by the State Legis- 
lature. The men who had fought for and secured the liberties 
of America, were still unpaid, and there was yet no general 
government among the different States. 

9. Commissioners were appointed to sell the lands of refugee 
Tories, and from that and other sources to pay up the arrears 
due the North Carolina soldiers. Furthermore, the land now 
known as Tennessee, then a part of our State, was also to be 
largely devoted to the same patriotic purpose. General Greene 
was given twenty-five thousand acres, one-half that quantity 
to brigadier-generals, and so on in a descending scale, to the 
private soldiers. 

10. The government created by the Articles of Confedera- 
tion was at once seen to be defective. Many men began to 
discuss how the States were to be guided in their relations to 
each other, and many amendments were proposed. 

11. Slowly the greatest of human problems was being 
weighed and investigated. How were these people of the 
wilderness to hedge about and transmit their privileges? It 


was to be their peculiar glory not to care for themselves only, 
but, iu their mighty philanthropy, to embrace posterity 
and the oppressed of all the world. 


I. How long did the Kevolutionary war continue? What are the 
closing reflections upon David Fanning's career? 

ii. Who were victors in the great struggle ? What is said of the Tories? 

3. What had the x\mericans gained by the contest? 

4. When and where was the treaty of peace signed ? 

5. Who had become Governor upon the capture of Governor Burke? 
W T here was Governor Burke sent? 

O. What was done with Governor Burke after he had reached Charles- 
ton ? What hardship and danger did he endure during captivity ? 

7. How did he return to North Carolina ? Who defeated him in the 
contest for Governor? What was the cause of the defeat? What is said 
of the latter days of Governor Burke's life ? 

8. What great question was agitating the State after the war had ended ? 

9. What plan was adopted towards paying off the soldiers? Mention 
some payments that were made to commanding officers. 

10. What was thought of the new Articles of Confederation ? 

II. What privilege was to belong to the American people? 





A. D. 1784 TO 1788. 

During the years that followed upon the close of the Revolu- 
tion, the people of North Carolina were busied with the res- 
toration of their ravaged fields and the development of the new 
system of self-rule inaugurated by the convention of Halifax 
in 1776. There were many good and wise men in America, 
who had no confidence in the perpetuity or effectiveness of a 
polity which rested upon the wisdom and virtue of the masses 
for its enforcement. 

2. Samuel Johnston and the leading lawyers of that day 
were full of apprehension as to the result, where the protec- 
tion of life, liberty and property rested upon the ballots of 
men who were, as a general thing, unlettered and steeped in 
poverty. The Halifax Constitution provided for the educa- 
tion of the people, but no steps had yet been taken by the 
Legislature to carry out this wise and beneficent ordinance. 

3. The Rev. Drs. David Caldwell and Samuel E. Mc- 
Corkle were conducting schools on their own responsibility in 
Guilford and Mecklenburg, in which many young men were 
receiving sound and useful preparation for life; and there 
were similar academies in Wilmington, New Bern and Eden- 
ton ; but as a general thing, education was almost entirely 
neglected in the State. 

4. Under the terms of the "Articles of Confederation," 
the General Congress continued to assemble, but its sessions 
resulted in little good to America. The government was con- 


tinually embarrassed by the public debt contracted in the 
Revolution. It could only pay such liabilities by calling 
upon the several States for their proportions. This was 
regulated by the value of real estate. 

5. North Carolina, thus witnessing the helplessness 
of the general government to meet its pecuniary liabili- 
ties, was moved to the noble resolution of ceding the great 
body of land then belonging to the State west of the Alle- 
ghany Mountains. This princely domain, now constituting 
the great State of Tennessee, was at that period, only settled 
in part by white people, and many millions of acres of fertile 
lands could be sold to settlers. 

6. Such a resource would have brought a great fund to the 
State for education and other useful purposes; but, with un- 
exampled devotion to the general good, it was determined by 
the Legislature of 1784, that the Governor should tender, as 
a free gift, all the lands not already granted to soldiers and 
actual settlers. 

1785. 7. To an embarrassed government, unable to meet 
its most solemn engagements, such a boon, it seems, would 
have been gladly received; but so great was the selfishness of 
certain States which were then struggling to secure for them- 
selves such bodies of western lands, that the noble intended 
bounty of North Carolina proved a failure. The General 
Congress having failed to accept the offer, the act authorizing 
the cession was repealed. 

8. The story of this patriotic munificence on the part of 
North Carolina euds not here. When it became known among 
the western settlers that their country had thus beeu offered 
to the general government, much excitement followed. Col- 
onel John Sevier was a leader among the people of the terri- 


toiy in question. He had been a gallant soldier in the Revo- 
lution, and was trusted and beloved by his neighbors. He 
persuaded them that North Carolina, in thus offering to sur- 
render her claims to their allegiance, had forfeited all right 
to further control their destinies. 

9. He procured the support of many others, who elected 
members to a convention. This body met at Greenville, in 
November, 1785, and framed a government of a State which 
they called "Frankland," in honor of the illustrious statesman, 
Benjamin Franklin. Colonel Sevier was elected Governor, 
and judges and other officers were also chosen. 

10. Richard Caswell had again been made Governor of 
North Carolina, when it became known that such things were 
being done in the west. He issued a proclamation forbid- 
ding the whole movement, and denouncing it as revolutionary 
and unlawful. He was supported by a party in the west 
headed by Colonel John Tipton. 

1787. 11. It often seemed that bloody civil war would 
ensue between the men who sided respectively with Sevier 
and Tipton, but happily there was little bloodshed amid so 
much brawling. There were many arrests and complaints, 
until finally, in October, 1788, Colonel Sevier was captured 

Xqte. — There was no money in circulation in the "State of Frankland," 
and the following curious statement, taken from the old records, shows how 
payment was to he made to the public officers: "Be it enacted by the Gen- 
eral Assembly of the State of Frankland, and it is hereby enacted by the 
authority of the same, that the salaries of the officers of this commonwealth 
shall be as follows: His Excellency the Governor, per annum, one thousand 
deer skins ; His Honor the Chief-Justice, five hundred deer skins, or five 
hundred raccoon skins; the Treasurer of the State, four hundred and fifty 
raccoon skins ; Clerk of the House of Commons, two hundred raccoon 
skins ; members of Assembly, per diem, three raccoon skins." 


by the forces of Tipton, and brought to jail at Morganton, in 
Burke county. He was allowed to escape, and, in memory of 
his services as a soldier, his offenses were forgiven. 

12. It was thus that the abortive State of Frankland arose 
and disappeared. The State of Vermont originated in the 
same way; and it is fortunate that such precedents have long 
since ceased in America. There is some limit to the doctrine 
of the people's right to self-government, just as liberty is not 
to be found in mere license. 

Note. — The State Convention of 1788 was commissioned to select a 
place for the seat of government, which had been migratory since the 
earliest days of Carolina colony. The place selected for the capital was 
the farm of Isaac Hunter, at Wake Court-House, or some other place 
within ten miles of that locality, to be determined by the General 


1. What matters occupied the attention of the people in North Caro- 
lina after the Kevolution ? How were some men disposed to view the new 
plan of government ? 

2. What was the opinion of Samuel Johnston ? What had been pro- 
vided for in Halifax Constitution ? 

3. What private schools were in operation, and where were they ? 

4. How was the General Congress greatly embarrassed ? 

5. To what extent did North Carolina sympathize with the general 
government ? What is the present name of that great territory ? 

6. What was done by the Legislature of 1784 ? 

7. Why was this a very valuable and timely gift to the government? 
How did the offer succeed ? 

8. What excitement was created in the west by this donation ? Who 
was the leader of the people ? What was Colonel Sevier's opinion of the 
matter ? 

9. What was done in 1785? What name was given to the new State, 
and why ? 

10. What proclamation was issued by Governor Caswell ? Who was 
the western leader of Governor Caswell's cause ? 

11. How did the whole matter end ? 

12. What other State of the Union had a similar origin ? 



A, D. 1787 TO 1790. 

The new State of North Carolina, as the years went by, 
became more divided and excited as to the relations of the 
commonwealth to her consorts of the United States. Each 
day was demonstrating more clearly the failure of the Con- 
federation. Its poverty and weakness were exciting the con- 
tempt of all civilized nations, and the General Congress 
amounted to little more than an arena for the display of 
jealousy and selfishness on the part of the individual States. 

2. In North Carolina, as elsewhere, the people were divided 
as to what should be done to remedy this great need of a 
central and general government. Many were opposed to any 
change. Others were for creating a strong and over-powering 
system that should overawe and control all of the States. 
These latter men were called the "Federalists." 

3. Another, and the larger portion of the people of the 
State, were in favor of adding to the powers of the general 
government; but at the same time, for going no further in 
that direction than was necessary for the general safety as 
against foreign nations, and for the execution of such regula- 
tions as pertained to all the States. These "Republicans," or 
"Democrats," were willing to empower the new government 
to carry the mails, control commerce, carry on war, make 
treaties, and coin money; but they insisted that all other 
functions of rule should be retained to the States themselves. 


4. In 1787, in consequence of the action of the General 
Congress, a convention of all the States was ordered to meet 
in Philadelphia to prepare a new Constitution for the govern- 
ment of the people of the United States. 

5. The Legislature selected Governor Richard Caswell, 
Colonel W. R. Davie, ex-Governor Alexander Martin, Willie 
Jones and Richard Dobbs Spaight as the delegates of North 
Carolina to that body. Governor Caswell and Willie Jones 
declined the honor, and Dr. Hugh Williamson and William 
Blount were appointed in their places.. 

1788. 6. General Washington was chosen as president of 
the convention, and in 1788, the result of their deliberations, in 
the new Constitution, was submitted for the ratification of the 
several States. It was provided by the convention framing 
the Constitution, that nine States should ratify before the new 
system should go into operation, and should then be bind- 
ing only upon those thus acceding it. 

7. A convention for North Carolina was called and met at 
Hillsboro, July 21, 1788, to consider the proposed Constitu- 
tion. Samuel Johnston, who had presided as Moderator of 
several Provincial Congresses, and who had also succeeded 
Governor Caswell as Chief Magistrate of the State, was 
chosen to preside. He, with Judge James Iredell, Colonel 
Davie and Archibald Maclaine, was an earnest advocate of 
instant and unconditional ratification on the part of North 

8. Willie Jones, of Halifax, who had so long controlled 
much of the legislation and government of the State, was the 
leader of those who opposed such action. They favored the 
addition of numerous amendments before committing the for- 
tunes of North Carolina to such control. Thev insisted that 


without further specification, the powers reserved to the several 
States would not be sufficiently guarded ; and the Convention, 
by a great majority, took the same view of the matter. The 
result was that while declining to ratify absolutely, the hope 
w T as held out that such would be the case upon the adoption 
of proper amendments. 

9. There was great excitement in the State upon North 
Carolina's thus failing to join the new government, Political 
animosities ran high, and renewed efforts were made to over- 
come the popular objections. The people became restless at 
the position they were occupying* being thus, with New York 
and Rhode Island, strangers to the great compact of their 
sister States. 

1789. 10. The new government of the United States 
went into operation in the spring of 1789, and General Wash- 
ington took the oaths of office on March 4th, as the first Presi- 
dent of the Republic. In November, the Legislature and 
Convention both met at Fayetteville. On the 20th, the 
amended Constitution of the United States was speedily 
ratified, and North Carolina was enrolled as a member of the 
new confederacy, which was to astonish all nations by the vigor 
of its rule and the splendor and rapidity of its growth as a 

179C 11. Two important matters were also settled at this 
period. The convention at Hillsboro limited the seat of the 
State government to some point in Wake county. The capi- 
tal had been migrating from town to town for nearly the whole 
period of North Carolina's existence. The Legislature also 
passed a bill creating the University of North Carolina, and 
the terms of the Halifax constitution, as to popular education, 
were thus first put into some shape of accomplishment. Both 
of these measures were highly needed. 



1. What question was exciting the people of North Carolina at this 
period ? What was thought of the Confederation ? 

2. How were the people of the State divided upon this great question ? 

3. What other party was formed? What were they called, and what 
powers did they propose to give to the general government ? 

4. What convention was to meet in 1787 ? 

5. Who were chosen to represent North Carolina in that body ? 

6. Who was chosen President of the convention ? How was the new 
constitution to be submitted to the people ? 

7. What convention met at Hillsboro in 1788 ? How did some of the 
prominent members view the question ? 

8. What different opinion was held by other leading men? What did 
the Convention do with the Constitution ? 

9. What was the effect upon the State? What other States also failed 
to ratify ? 

10. When did the new government go into operation? Who was 
chosen first President of the United States? When and where did North 
Carolina ratify the Constitution and become a member of the United Gov- 

11. What two important matters were settled at this period? 




A. D, 1790 TO 1794. 

When North Carolina had thus taken her place in the 
Federal Union, and the whole system of State and National 
polity became perfected in America, many hearts beat with 
gratitude to God that the promises of the future had become 
so auspicious. The magnificent realm, won by the blood of 
heroes, was at last guarded by a system of laws so wise and 
effective, that peace and prosperity were soon to make it one of 
the greatest of civilized lands. 

2. This example of freedom, won in the wilds of America, 
was speedily to be felt in Europe. General Washington had 
been in the discharge of his duties as President about a month, 
when the States-General of France met in the famous con- 
vention which was to pull down an ancient monarchy, and 
engulf all Europe in seas of blood. The over-taxed and 
excitable Frenchmen were maddened by the contrast afforded 
in their own sufferings and the blessings achieved by their late 

3. Governor Caswell, while in the discharge of his duties 
as a member of the State Senate, died at Fayetteville, in the 
mouth of December, 1789. He was to be shortly followed 
in death by William Hooper and Archibald Maclaine. Willie 
Jones had retired in disgust from public life, upon the State's 
joining the Union ; and thus, four most conspicuous leaders 
almost simultaneously disappeared from the commonwealth's 


4. Colonel William R. Davie, of Halifax, John Haywood, 
of the same county, and Alfred Moore, of Brunswick, had 
. become greatly influential for their talents, and were fit sub- 
stitutes for the older servants of the public who had been 
thus removed from the arena of their former usefulness. 
Governor Johnston having been elected United States Sena- 
tor, was succeeded in executive functions by Alexander 

1792. 5. It was during this fresh term of Governor Mar- 
tin's rule, that Raleigh was selected for the State capital. A 
large tract of land at Wake Court-House had been bought of 
Colonel Joel Lane, and upon it a city was laid off and the 
public buildings erected. This was a great blessing. Before 
that time, with the exception of a few years after the building 
of Governor Tryon's palace at New Bern, the main question 
to be determined by every General Assembly was, what town 
should be selected for holding the next session. 

6. Fayetteville, Hillsboro, New Bern and Tarboro were 
sure to get up a great excitement and contest as to which of 
them should be next favored with the presence of the State 
officers and the General Assembly. The Governor and his 
assistants had been dwelling wherever it best suited them, and 
the public records had thus been continuallv migrating over 
the State. 

7. There had never been much church organization in 
America until after the Revolution. There was not a single 
Bishop of the Episcopal Church, and not until 1789, was an 
effort made to supply such a prelate for the church in North 
Carolina, The Rev. Charles Pettigrew was then elected 
Bishop of the State, by a Convention at Tarboro, but he died 
before consecration. 


8. The Baptists had united their churches in this State and 
southern Virginia, in 1765, in a body which was called the 
"Kehukee Association." In 1770, the Presbyterians had 
formed the Presbytery of Orange; and in 1788, they set off the 
Synod of the Carolinas. The Quakers and Moravians were 
flourishing in certain sections, but as yet, the Methodist mis- 
sionaries had effected but little in the way of planting churches 
in North Carolina. 

9. When Richard Dobbs Spaight, in 1792, became Gov- 
ernor, he was the first man born in North Carolina who had 
filled that distinguished office. He possessed much ability 
and had large experience in public affairs. He found that 
great excitement and division existed among the people as to 
the French Republic. Because aid had been sent from that 
country to the struggling American colonists, many men in- 
sisted that it was the duty of America to take sides with 
France in the war then raging in Europe. 

1794. 10. General Washington, and other wise men, 
resisted this dangerous opinion, and held that America should 
take no part in the affairs of foreign nations. The great 
struggle went on, with Napoleon Bonaparte rapidly growing 
more formidable to the allied kings. 

11. The French had imbibed their thirst for freedom from 
America, but they had also their influence upon the religious 
creeds of our people. French books and notions became 
highly fashionable, and the country debating clubs were heard 
repeating the doubts and sneers of Voltaire ( Vol-tare') and 
Diderot (De-dro'). 

12. The world's creeds were having a most rigorous and 
thorough examination. The kings and priests were as much 
excited as in the sixteenth century, but out of all the turmoil 


and bloodshed a larger measure of human liberty was to be 
won. Constitutional kings and purified churches were the 
outgrowth and result of the most prodigious uproar yet wit- 
nessed among civilized nations. 


1. What was the feeling in North Carolina after the State had joined 
the Union ? 
!£. How were the effects of American freedom felt in Europe? 

3. What great leaders disappeared from North Carolina's councils at 
this time ? 

4. What men were fast rising to influence ? Who became Governor ? 

5. When was Kaleigh selected as the capital ? Why was locating the 
capital of great good to the State ? Go to the map and point out the city 
of Raleigh. 

6. What contest would generally arise at meetings of the Assembly? 

7. What mention is made of religious matters ? 

8. How were the Baptists, Presbyterians and other Christian bodies 
extending their fields of usefulness ? 

9. Who became Governor in 1792? What is said of him? What 
questions did Governor Spaight find agitating the people when he came 
into office? 

10. How was this matter considered by General Washington and others ? 

11. How were the works of celebrated French writers affecting the peo- 
ple of America? 

12. What was to be the conclusion of all these troubles ? 



A, D. 1794 TO 1802. 

In the last days of the eighteenth century men grew 
more and more plainly divided into two political parties. 
Thomas Jefferson was the leader of those who maintained 
that the new government of the United States should be 
strictly limited to the powers expressly granted in the Federal 
Constitution, and prohibited from the use of any of those 
reserved rights that yet belonged to the individual States. 

2. Alexander Hamilton was another very able and patri- 
otic statesman, and he took precisely a different view. He 
did not consider the people, themselves, capable of ruling the 
country, and wished to completely subordinate the State gov- 
ernments to Federal authority. "Federalists" were those who 
followed such views, while the "Republicans" were no less 
strenuous in upholding Mr. Jefferson and his policy. 

3. The Superior Courts of the State, after the resignation 
of Judge Iredell, were held as in old provincial times, at 
the six favored villages, by Judges Samuel Ashe, Samuel 
Spencer and John Taylor. In the year 1794, Judge Spencer 
came to his death in a most singular manner. He had suf- 
fered with a long and wasting illness, and one warm evening 
was carried out and laid upon the grass beneath a tree in his 
yard. While lying there the red flannel of his shirt infuri- 
ated a large turkey-gobbler, which attacked him with great 
violence. When Judge Spencer's feeble cries attracted atten- 
tion, he had been so injured that he at once died of his 


4. In 1793, the corner-stone of the East Building had been 
laid for the University, at Chapel Hill. Colonel Davie, as 
Grand Master of the Masons in the State, officiated ; as did 
also Rev. Dr. McCorkle, who delivered an eloquent address 
to the great crowd which assembled from all parts of the State 
to do honor to the occasion. 

1795. 5. In 1795, the buildings and faculty having been 
made ready, the institution was regularly opened for the recep- 
tion of students. The Rev. David Kerr {Karr) and Samuel 
A. Holmes were the faculty, and Hinton James, of Wilming- 
ton, was the first student to arrive. Thus began an institu- 
tion of learning in which, during coming years, great and 
distinguished men were to be educated and prepared for use- 
fulness in almost every honorable employment of civilized 

6. Tennessee had been conveyed to the general government 
soon after the ratification of the United States Constitution. 
During the administration of Governor Ashe, who had suc- 
ceeded Alexander Martin as Chief Magistrate, there were 
many frauds concocted by James Glasgow, as Secretary of 
State, and Colonel Martin Armstrong, and their coadjutors, 
Major John Armstrong and one Stokely Donnellson. 

1797. 7. It was discovered that immense tracts of land 
were being located under fictitious boundaries, and not only the 
Continentals, but also the State and United States, were thus 
being swindled by these officers, who had been long honored 
and trusted in North Carolina. 

8. Courts were ordered to be held by the General Assembly 
for the trial of these distinguished culprits; and in 1799, 
they were convicted and punished. Judge John Haywood 
resigned his place on the bench, and instead of trying, de- 


fended the malefactors, one of whom paid him one thousand 
dollars as a fee for his services in the case.* There had been, 
a few years before, a similar scene when Benjamin McCulloh 
was convicted at Warrenton and punished for like offenses. 

9. The excitement between Republicans and Federalists 
still grew in intensity. John Adams had succeeded General 
Washington as President, and he was one of the most violent 
of the party in power. The French agents and apologists 
were growing more offensive in their demands for American 
aid to the blood-washed republic in Europe. President Adams 
procured the passage of laws by Congress that startled and 
confounded many of the States. 

10. These "Alien and Sedition Acts" armed Federal author- 
ities with the power to seize and send out of the country, 
without trial, any foreigner who might become offensive to 
Federal officers; also to indict in the District or Circuit Courts 
of the United States any writer or publisher whom the grand 
juries might select to punish for libel. 

1798—99. 11- Virginia and Kentucky hastened to pass 
the famous resolutions of 1798-'99,f and to put the battle in 
array for another great struggle as to what should be the real 
powers of States and the Union. President Adams and the 
Federalists were overwhelmingly beaten in the contest of 1800, 

*JSorth Carolina had honored James Glasgow by giving his name to one 
of the counties of the State, but in consequence of his disgrace, the name 
of Glasgow county was stricken from the list, and the county named in 
honor of General Nathaniel Greene. 

fThe "Resolutions of 1798-99" declared that the Federal Constitution 
was simply a covenant between the States as States, and "each party has an 
equal right to judge for itself, as well of infraction as of the mode and 
measure of redress." 


and the Republican party at once went into possession of all 
the offices by which the powers of the antagonistic systems 
were to be defined. 

12. A much greater portion of the wisest and most expe- 
rienced statesmen had been ranked, until this time, with the 
Federalists, but that creed soon grew into such disfavor tllat 
few politicians could be found to do it reverence. And 
this, it may be safely asserted, has been the experience of the 
American people whenever the majority of them has differed 
from the learned few. The masses have been, in almost every 
instance, wiser than those who thus sought to control their 


1. What was observed towards the latter days of the eighteenth cen- 
tury ? Who was one of the political leaders ? What views did Mr. Jeffer- 
son hold ? 

2. Who was leader of the other great political party ? What was Mr. 
Hamilton's policy ? 

3. What is said of the Superior Courts and the Judges? Describe the 
singular manner of Judge Spencer's death. 

4. What is said of the University ? 

5. When was the University regularly opened? W T ho constituted the 
faculty ? Who was the first student to enter ? What has been the labors 
of this institution ? 

6. What land frauds were perpetrated in 1795 ? Who were the guilty 
persons ? 

7. What was the nature of these frauds ? 

8. Give some account of the trial of these offenders ? 

9. What was the condition of affairs throughout the United States at 
this period ? 

10. What was the effect of the "Alien and Sedition Laws" ? 

11. What was done by Virginia and Kentucky ? What party came 
into power in 1800? 

12. What is said of the "Federalists" ? 




A. D, 1800 TO 1802. 

General Davie ceased to be Governor to accept a place on 
the American Embassy to Paris. He had been appointed 
Major-General to command North Carolina's contingent, when 
it seemed that war with France was inevitable; but that dan- 
ger had happily become a thing of the past, and he was sent 
over to arrange the vexed questions growing out of the Berlin 
and Milan decrees. 

2. Among the members sent from North Carolina to Con- 
gress, Nathaniel Macon, of Warren, was fast becoming most 
conspicuous for his virtues and influence upon the men of other 
States. Perhaps no other member of Congress ever wielded 
so lasting and powerful an influence. His modest wisdom, 
his inflexible adhesion to what he believed was right and his 
unselfish devotion to the public good, made his opposition to 
any measure almost necessarily fatal to its passage in the House 
to which he belonged. 

3. There was grief in the last hours of the century, when 
it became known that General Washington had died in his re- 
tirement at Mt. Vernon. Judge James Iredell had also died 
about the same time. He had been one of the Associate Jus- 
tices of the Supreme Court of the United States by the appoint- 
ment of General Washington, and fell a victim to the enor- 
mous labors incurred in riding in his stick-gig the great 
distances involved in attending his different circuit courts. 

1800. 4. This was, perhaps, the golden age of social enjoy- 
ments in North Carolina. The Quakers were abolitionists, as 


were also many other good people; hut the question had no! 
been agitated and there was nothing to give uneasiness to 
masters or false hopes to the slaves. These latter shared largely 
in the festivities of the white people, and were free for many 
years to come to conduct their religious exercises in any way 
that seemed best to their wild and fantastic notions. 

5. The President had appointed Alfred Moore as the suc- 
cessor of Judge Iredell on the Supreme Court Bench. He 
was also a great lawyer. Judge Haywood had left North 
Carolina, and was a citizen of Tennessee but, in William 
Gaston, Archibald Henderson and Archibald I). Murphy, the 
Bar had received fresh honors in their learning and eloquence. 
John Stanly, David Stone, Joshua G. Wright and Peter 
Browne had begun their attendance upon the courts, in which 
they were all to win great reputations. 

6. There had been considerable change effected in the courts. 
By the statute of 1799, four ridings were established. The 
Judges, after ridiug these circuits, were required to meet in 
Raleigh to try appeals. The sheriffs were no longer obliged 
to march with drawn swords before the Judges as they went 
to and from the court-house, nor were the lawyers any more 
compelled to appear in the trial of cases clothed in gowns. 

1802. 7. Governor Benjamin Williams had succeeded 
General Davie in executive functions. Among his last official 
acts was the pardoning of John Stanly for the killing of ex- 
Governor R. D. Spaight. This occurred ou Sunday, Septem- 
ber oth, 1X02, and was the outgrowth of a bitter political con- 
troversy. Spaight was a Republican, and opposed to the 
election of the able and impulsive young leader of the Fed- 
eralists; thus it was that the bloody and deplorable duel 


8. In the same year was seen the exodus of the remaining 
Tuscaroras from Bertie county. The reservation on Roanoke 
River, which had been granted them for good conduct in the 
Indian war of 1711, was sold by them to private parties, and 
they emigrated to New York, where the other parts of the 
tribe had long been located. 

9. Among the laws of the Legislature of 1802, was a statute 
providing for the payment, by the people, to the patentees of 
the cotton gin, a given sum for every saw used in each machine. 
This implement had been recently invented by Eli Whitney, 
who was a young man from New England, engaged in teaching 
school in Georgia. 

10. Before this time, only very small patches of cotton had 
been seen in the Southern States. The lint was picked from 
the seed only by human fingers, and so slow was the process 
that a shoe full was a task usually given to be accomplished 
between supper and bed-time. Whitney's invention was soon 
to affect the agriculture and commerce of the world. Without 
the cotton gin, it would have been very different with all 
civilized nations. It has aided in building cities, freighting 
mighty fleets, and giving employment to many millions of the 
human race. 

11. Attention has already been called to the effects of 
French atheism upon the new Republic. The tide of unbelief 
rolled on until many religious people trembled for the creed 
and morals of the American people. Mr. Jefferson had many 
imitators among public men, who, like Colonel Ingersoll of 
our day, made themselves the advocates of a system resting on 
no higher sanctions than mere human perceptions of right and 

12. In 1802, a mighty religious movement began in Ken- 
tucky, and spread over a large portion of the Republic. Vast 


assemblages of the people were seen in the camp-meetings. 
The ordinary avocations of life were left for weeks at a time, 
by multitudes who engaged in religions devotions. The 
churches were re-inforced by many thousands of new mem- 
bers, and thus, happily, the demon of doubt was exorcised 
from the popular mind. 


1. What honors were conferred upon Governor Davie? 

2. Who was North Carolina's most able representative in Congress? 
Tell something of the character of Nathaniel Macon. 

3. What great grief came npon the nation at this period? What 
prominent man died in North Carolina at this time ? Can you state some- 
thing of his life? 

4. What is this period called in the history of North Carolina? What 
was the condition of the slaves? 

5. What is said of prominent lawyers? 

G. Mention some changes which were made in the Court system. 

7. Who had succeeded Governor Davie as Chief Magistrate ? What 
was one of his last official acts ? Give an account of the duel. 

8. To what place did the Tuscaroras emigrate in 1802 ? 

9. What law was passed by the Legislature in favor of the inventor of 
the cotton gin? Who was the inventor? 

10. Give an account of the preparation of the cotton for use both before 
and after this great invention. 

11. What was the religious condition of the country ? 

12. Give an account of the great religious revival of 1802. 



A, D. 1804 TO 1812. 

The Republic of America was wisely ruled during the eight 
years of Mr. Jefferson's administration as President. He was 
not only the greatest of political philosophers, but a consum- 
mate leader of a party. Under his management the Feder- 
alists were so completely overreached, that even ex-President 
John Adams was found among the electors who voted for 
Jefferson's re-election. 

2. Vermont, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee were added to 
the list of States, and the vast territory known as "Louisiana," 
had been purchased from France and made a portion of the 
American Union. This was a magnificent territory, for which 
the United States paid fifteen million of dollars. But with 
all these evidences of internal advancement, there was unceas- 
ing and ever-growing trouble with foreign powers. 

1804. 3. Great Britain had not only failed to carry out 
the conditions of the treaty of Paris, but continual trouble 
and war with the western Indians were traced to the plotting 
of British agents. In Europe and on the high seas, Ameri- 
can ships were frequently subjected to wrong and indignity 
by British cruisers, which seized their cargoes or crews on 
various pretexts. These maddening interferences were fast 
bringing the people of the United States to a determination 
to vindicate, by arms, their claims as a free and independent 
people. Europe was still convulsed by war. Napoleon 


Bonaparte had been crowned as Emperor, and in the mighty 
struggle, the claims of the aggrieved Republic were over- 
looked or despised. 

4. The people of North Carolina were still in great want 
as to general education. The University, at Chapel Hill, was 
sending out graduates that had already conferred honor upon 
that seat of learning; but the preparatory schools, so neces- 
sary as feeders to such an establishment, were few and far 

5. Rev. William Bingham had begun a school in the east. 
He temporarily removed to Pittsboro, and finally settled at 
Hillsboroand established the academy, which is even at this 
day continued near by, at Mebaneville, under the management 
of one of his descendants. This school, dating from 1793, 
was, even in its infancy, of marked excellence, and has won 
more reputation than any similar institution in the Southern 
States. Rev. Dr. David Caldwell's fine school, in Guilford, 
Rev. J. O. Freeman's, in Murfreesboro, and a few academies 
in the villages, were but feeble in their effects upon the great 
mass of the people. 

6. There had not been opened a single free school in all the 
State. Occasionally there could be found neighborhoods 
where a few citizens joined in employing a man to teach the 
elementary branches of English education, but these were 
generally attended only a few mouths at a time, and were not 
very admirable either for discipline or in the matters taught. 

1805. 7. The people of the interior and west were becom- 
ing anxious for some means of conveyance and travel to the 
outer world. The crops raised were generally too bulky to 
pay for expensive transportation over long distances, being 
in this way only available to feed the community where they 


were raised. Tobacco from all the counties in the northern 
portion of the State, was conveyed to market by rolling the 
hogsheads containing it along the roads, to markets at Peters- 
burg, in Virginia, and Fayetteville. 

8. In the regions where the long-leaf pine grows, there was 
much attention given to the preparation of turpentine and tar. 
Indeed, so large a trade grew up in these articles, that 
some people abroad came to think that North Carolina pro- 
duced little else. The turpentine distilleries were, at this 
time, to be found only outside of North Carolina; and the 
crude product of the tree was shipped from our ports, to be 
manufactured in other States. 

9. In 1805, during the session of the Legislature, General 
James Wellborn, of Wilkes, introduced a proposition to build, 
at the State's expense, a turnpike from Beaufort harbor to 
the mountains ; but this and all other such improvements 
were to be neglected for a long time to come. 

1810. 10. The canal through the Dismal Swamp was to 
prove of great benefit to eastern counties ; but this work, though 
authorized long before, was yet unfinished. The vessels to 
New York or Baltimore still passed out to sea by all the dangers 
of Cape Hatteras, and not unfrequently both cargo and crew 
were engulfed amid its cruel sands. 

11. There was, at this period of our history, a brisk trade 
between the West Indies and several of the eastern towns. 
Wilmington, New Bern, Washington and Edenton were all 
largely engaged in the shipment of staves and provisions; 
importing salt and tropical stores in return. This, and all 
other foreign trade, was ruthlessly stopped by the embargo 
laid by Congress. 

1812. 12. This extreme measure failed to bring Great 
Britain to any surrender of her claim to search American 


ships; and for this and other just reasons, war was declared 
on the 19th of June, by the United States against England. 
Mr. Madison would have temporized and still deferred the 
dreadful expedient, but the American people were resolved 
upon indemnity for the past and security for the future; and 
thus two kindred nations were to waste blood and treasure in 
a fruitless quarrel. 


1. Who was President of the United States at this period ? What is 
said of Mr. Jefferson's rule ? 

2. What States were added to the Union ? What great territory was 

3. How had Great Britain kept the treaty of Paris ? What indignities 
were offered to the American people? How were these things affecting 
the people? 

4. What is said of educational matters ? 

5. What mention is made of the Bingham School ? What other schools 
are mentioned ? 

6. What was the condition of free education ? 

7. In what things were the people of the interior and west becoming 
specially interested ? How was tobacco taken to market? 

8. What is said of the production of turpentine and tar? 

9. What was proposed by General James Wellborn to the Legislature 
of 1805? 

10. Give a general description of coast navigation at this time. 

11. Give some particulars concerning trade. 

12. What war was declared in 1812 ? 




A, D, 1812 TO 1815. 

James Turner, of Warren ; Nathaniel Alexander, of Meck- 
lenburg; David Stone, of Bertie, and Benjamin Smith, of 
Brunswick, had served in turn as Governors of North Caro- 
lina, during the years of growth and expansion described in 
the last chapters. William Hawkins, of Granville, was chosen 
to the same high functions in 1812, and, as commander-in- 
chief of all the State's forces, felt unusual responsibility in 
view of the war even then begun between Great Britain and 
the United States. 

1813. 2. It was the purpose of the American Govern- 
ment to seize Canada and locate hostilities, as much as possible, 
in that portion of America. As no great army was assembled 
at any one point, no call was made upon North Carolina for 
troops to be sent outside of her borders, except those marched 
to Norfolk, in the State of Virginia. At that place Major- 
General Thomas -Brown, of Bladen, was in command of a 
full division sent from his own State. 

3. General Brown was a veteran of the Revolution, and had 
rendered heroic service at Elizabethtown and elsewhere, during 
that long and arduous struggle. His North Carolina brigade 
commanders were General Thomas Davis, of Fayetteville, and 
General James F. Dickinson, of Murfreesboro. 

4. Camps were also established and troops held for action at 
other points. The western levies were collected at Wadesboro, 
under General Alexander Gray, and were drilled and kept in 


readiness to be marched to the relief of either Wilmington or 
Charleston. Colonel Maurice .Moore, at Wilmington, and 
Lieutenant-Colonel John Roberts, at Beaufort, commanded 
garrisons for the defence of these sea-ports. 

1814. 5. In the American army on the Northern frontier, 
where Winfield Scott, of Virginia, was winning so many lau- 
rels, were two North Carolina officers who were also fast rising 
to distinction for valor and skill in arms. These were William 
Gibbs McNeil, of Bladen, and William McRee, of Wilming- 
ton. They both rose to be Colonels in the corps of engineers. 
Amid the frequent disasters and exhibitions of incompetency 
on the part of American officers in that department, these capa- 
ble and gallant men were as useful to America as they were 
cheering to the people of North Carolina. 

6. On the high seas, where the mighty fleets of Britain held 
at such fearful disadvantage the few cruisers of their opponents, 
were also to be found brilliant representatives of this Common- 
wealth. Captain Johnson Blakeley, of Wilmington, had been 
reared by Colonel Edward Jones, the Solicitor-General of 
North Carolina. He had already made reputation in the 
Mediterranean Sea, under Commodore Preble [Preb'l). 

7. Early in 1814, he went to sea in the United States sloop 
of war Wasp, and captured, with great eclat, the British sloop 
of war Reindeer. Having burned this prize for fear of its 
recapture, he refitted in a French port, and in August encoun- 
tered another British ship, the Avon. The British vessel had 
struck her colors for surrender, when a fleet of the enemy came 
upon the scene and the victorious Wasp was forced to fly. In 
a few days Blakeley, thus steering among the crowded seas 
surrounding England, captured fifteen merchant vessels. On 
one of these, the brig Atalanta, he put a prize crew and sent 
her to the United States. 


8. This was the last that is known of this gallant and ill- 
fated officer. He perished in some unknown manner at sea, 
but left an imperishable name to the keeping of his country- 

9. Captain Otway Burns, of Beaufort, was the commander 
of a cruiser known as the Snap-Dragon. "With this privateer, 
he long roamed the seas and proved victorious in many well- 
fought actions. He survived the war and was afterwards a 
member of the Legislature. The village of Burnsville was 
named in his honor. 

10. In addition to the troops already mentioned, a regiment 
commanded by Colonel Joseph Graham, so highly distin- 
guished in the Revolution, was sent against Billy Weathersford 
and his Creek warriors. They had massacred nearly three 
hundred white people in Fort Mimms on the Alabama River, 
and were paying a fearful penalty. Another North Carolinian, 
in the person of General Andrew Jackson, was in command 
of the force sent to avenge this outrage of the red men.* 

11. So swift and complete had Jackson been in his work, 
that when the North Carolina regiment arrived there was 
nothing left to be done in the way of battle; for, as Weathers- 
ford declared, his braves were all dead, and the war ended. 

1815. 12. Peace was soon to be made between the United 
States and Great Britain, and the two nations, after strug- 

"General Andrew Jackson was born in Mecklenburg county, on the 15th 
day of March, 17B7. 

Note. — The Indians were required, as a preliminary to peace, to bring 
in their fugitive chief, Weathersford. That bold and able half-breed did 
not wait for arrest, upon hearing these terms, but rode into General Jack- 
son's camp, and in surrendering himself, boldly announced that he did so 
because he no longer had warriors to continue the struggle. " I have no- 
thing to ask for myself," said he, " but I want peace for my people." 


gling for each other's injury for three years, agreed to stop 
without conceding a single original cause of the contest. En- 
gland did not even agree to cease from impressing men from 
the United States navy, but the right of search was no more 
'practiced. The treaty of peace was ratified by the United 
States Senate on February 7th, 1815. 


1. What Governors had served in North Carolina during the years just 
considered? Who was Governor ;it the beginning of the war of 1812? 

2. How had the United States proposed to conduct the campaign? What 
troops did North Carolina furnish ? Who was in command ? 

3. What is said of General Brown's past record ? Who were his bri- 
gade commanders? 

•4. What military preparations were made in North Carolina ? 

5. What two North Carolina officers were winning distinction under 
General Winfield Scott? In what branch of the army were they serving? 

G. What is said of affairs on the seas? What North Carolina naval 
officer was distinguishing himself ? 

7. Give an account of some of his bold and heroic exploits. How many 
English vessels did he capture ? 

8. What is known of him after this? 

9. What other seaman was distinguishing himself for his bravery ? 
How is his name commemorated in the State? 

10. Who was sent against the Indians? What great General was in 
command of all this force? 

11. What was the success of General Jackson's expedition ? 

12. What is said of the end of the war of 1812 ? 




A. D. 1815 TO 1821. 

When hostilities ceased between the two countries, it seemed 
a great thing to the people of North Carolina to once more 
enjoy the full benefits of trade and commerce. British crui- 
sers had made all foreign commodities very scarce and costly. 
Salt was made on the sea-coast in limited quantities, but of 
inferior quality. It was, therefore, very gratifying to the 
people to again see the stores filled with goods of every 

2. When this period of history had been reached, the State 
was divided into sixty-two counties. Each of these sent 
annually to the General Assembly one Senator and two mem- 
bers of the House of Commons. Edenton, New Bern, Wil- 
mington, Fayetteville, Hillsboro, Halifax and Salisbury were 
called "borough towns"; and, by virtue of this superior dig- 
nity, each sent, in addition to its county members, also a 
representative to the lower House of Assembly. 

3. The Moravian settlement at Salem had prospered, and 
though no great numbers of that sect had come over from 
Europe, yet much wisdom and thrift were seen in the affairs 
of Wachovia. A female seminary of real excellence and great 
popularity had been founded in 1804, and young ladies from 
all the Southern States were receiving useful education in this 
retired and healthful region. 

4. Raleigh then contained about eight hundred people. 
Fayetteville was more than twice as populous. Wilmington 


and New Bern were the largest and most important towns in 
the State, but were still limited in population and trade. 
Edenton and Halifax had each lost importance iu the march 
of events, and many villages were surpassing them, both iu 
number of inhabitants and trade. 

1819. 5. Dr. Joseph Caldwell had been, for many years, 
at Chapel Hill, as President of the University. He came 
from New Jersey to make North Carolina his future home, 
and was giving the State of his adoption so laborious and use- 
ful a devution that his name will be cherished in its limits 
so long, as learning and patriotism are valued by the people. 
He was not only making the college famous for the excellence 
of its appointments, but the internal improvement of the 
commonwealth, by means of railways, was to be advocated by 
him in such a manner that the general apathy on the two 
great subjects of education and inter-communication was 
passing away. 

6. The churches were likewise combining for increased piety 
and effectiveness among the people. The Methodist Confer- 
ence was each year adding to the number of its churches and 
itinerant preachers. The Baptists had added the "Chowan" 
as a coadjutor to similar bodies known as "Sandy Creek" 
and "Kehukee" Associations. 

7. The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, at last, in 
1816, perfected its organization in the election and consecra- 

Notp:. — In 1827, Dr. Caldwell delivered an exceedingly able address 
before the Legislature, on the subject of railways, and a considerable 
interest was awakened. The first railway in the United States was built in 
1826. This was in Massachusetts, and was only two miles long. It was 
known as the "Quincy Eailroad." The first passenger railway was the 
Baltimore and Ohio road, fifteen miles long, and was regularly opened in 
1830. The cars were drawn by horses until the next year, when a locomo- 
tive was used. 


tion of Bishop John Stark Ravenscroft. He was a man of 
eminent piety and usefulness. As a preacher he was held in 
equal reverence with another distinguished divine of that day, 
the Rev. John Kerr, of Caswell, who was a leader among the 

8. The Presbyterian Synod also contained many able 
and excellent ministers. Rev. Drs. Samuel E. McCorkle, 
David Caldwell and James Hall were greatly esteemed for 
their learning and devotion. This church was especially 
active and efficient in the controversy over the teachings of 
the French atheists. 

9. William Gaston and Bartlett Yancey were the leaders 
among the statesmen of North Carolina in this period. They 
were both greatly distinguished for eloquence and ability. 
For purity of character they have not been surpassed in all 
our annals. Another James Iredell had arisen in Chowan 
county, and in Craven were seen John Stanly and youthful 
George E. Badger. In Caswell was also Romulus M. Saun- 
ders, another young lawyer of fine abilities. 

10. The establishment of the Supreme Court, in 1818, on 
its present basis, was largely the work of Bartlett Yancey. 
John Louis Taylor as Chief Justice, with Leonard Henderson 
and John Hall as associates, constituted a tribunal which was 
soon to win the veneration of American lawyers. 

1820. 11. Tilling their fields in contentment, went on from 
year to year the men and women of that era, which has been 
called the era of "Good Feeling" in American politics. But the 
question of slavery in the territories was fast assuming a 
dangerous importance. 

12. The Northern States contended for no more slave 
States. The South would hear to no such regulation. The 


storm grew louder until it was settled by the ''Missouri Com- 
promise" of March 3, 1820 ; the news of which, Mr. Jeffer- 
son declared, fell on his ears "like a fire-bell at ni^ht." 

Note. — The Missouri Compromise provided that henceforward slaverv 
should be forever forbidden north of the parallel of 36° 30'. 


1. What was the condition of North Carolina after the war of 1812? 

2. How many counties were in North Carolina in 1815? What is said 
of the representation in the General Assembly? What towns had 
special privileges ? 

3. Give some account of the growth of the Moravian settlement at 
Salem ? 

4. Give some description of various towns and villages. 

5. What efforts were Dr. Joseph Caldwell putting forth for the advance- 
ment of the State ? 

6. What growth was seen among the Methodist churches ? 

7. Who was at the head of the Episcopal Church ? What is said of 
Bishop Kavenscroft ? 

8. Who were the most eminent Presbyterian divines? What benefit 
w r as derived from their labors ? 

9. Mention the political leaders ? 

10. Through whose efforts was the Supreme Court established? Who 
were the Justices ? 

11. What was this period called ? 

12. What question was greatly agitating the people ? 





A, D, 1821 TO 1827. 

1821. In the decade following the enactment of the Mis- 
souri Compromise, there was seen prodigious material growth 
in every section of the American Union. In North Carolina, 
the real prosperity of the people was imperceptible, by reason 
of the heavy emigration to the South and West. Not only 
population, but wealth, was continually withdrawing to more 
profitable fields of labor and speculation. 

2. While the Northern and Western sections of the Union 
were receiving the thousands who came every year from Europe 
and elsewhere, there was no such accession to our numbers. 
For a century past, there has been little or no immigration to 
North Carolina. The stream of settlers that once poured so 
steadily into the hill country had ceased even before the 

3. After the overthrow of the Federalists by Mr. Jefferson, 
in the year 1800, there was no national party struggle on the 
old issues, but in every portion of the country were indi- 
viduals who adhered to the views of Alexander Hamilton as 
to the proper construction of the Constitution of the United 
States. Many of these were men of great social and profes- 
sional eminence. They were generally without office after the 
party rules introduced by the chief of the Republicans went 
into effect, and were, therefore, influential only as individuals, 
with little following, politically. 

4. Under Mr. Madison and his successors, there was no 
party really but that of the Democratic-Republicans. Every 


one who hoped for political promotion professed to hold the 
faith of that organization. There was no party division as to 
the Bank of the United States, or the provisions of the tariff 
of duties on foreign imports. 

5. When the Constitution was formed at Philadelphia, in 
1787, all the States save Massachusetts recognized the legality 
of slave property. Very soon afterwards the "Society for 
African Emancipation " was formed, with Dr. Benjamin 
Franklin as its President. This body petitioned Congress to 
abolish slavery in the States and Territories, but was told that 
the Constitution left the whole matter to the States, and that 
the Federal authorities had no power in the premises. For this 
reason Mr. Jefferson expressed surprise at the passage of the 
Misson ri Corn prom ise. 

1825. 6. In 1825 the election of John Quincy Adams 
by the House of Representatives, resulted in such a state of 
aifairs that a new aspect was given to political matters.* Gen- 
eral Andrew Jackson, who had received the largest popular 
vote, and was then a Senator from Tennessee, became the leader 
of those who were called " Democrats." Those who were 
opposed to him assumed the name of "Whigs." 

*In this same year the State was graced by the visit of General LaFayette. 
A half century before, he had left his wife and all the charms of life in 
Paris, to do battle in behalf of the struggling American colonies. After 
acting a distinguished part in the French Revolution, he had returned 
as the nation's guest, to receive the thanks of another generation for the 
great services he had rendered in the past. He went from State to State, 
everywhere greeted with the utmost love and veneration. He soon returned 
to France in United States ship Brandy wine, after receiving princely recog- 
nition and rewards from Congress. 

Note. — In 1825 a considerable excitement was created on account of an 
extraordinary advance in the price of cotton. In a few weeks the price went 
from twelve to thirty-two cents per pound. This great rise was onlv tempo- 
rary, and many people were ruined by the sudden and unexpected fall. 


7. John Quincy Adams, though elected as a Democratic- 
Republican, soon found that party arrayed against his adminis- 
tration. Henry Clay, and all of those who had been Federal- 
ists, supported the President. In North Carolina, many promi- 
nent men arrayed themselves with the new party. These 
Whigs advocated a continuance of the United States Bank, a 
tariff for protection on importations, and a distribution to the 
several States of the money realized by the sale of public 

8. General Jackson and the Democrats favored a tariff for 
revenue. They said the National Bank was not only unau- 
thorized by the Constitution, but was also dangerous to the 
liberties of the people. They were likewise unfriendly to the 
plan of making the States pensioners of the General Gov- 
ernment, as proposed in the policy of distribution. 

9. As in all family quarrels, there was soon great rancor 
developed between the two parties, both of which had lately 
been included in the Republican ranks. Mr. Clay and John 
Randolph inaugurated the animosities by a duel; and soon, in 
North Carolina, as elsewhere, social amenities were largely 
disregarded between the Whigs and Democrats. 

10. This was very absurd and wrong. They all lived in a 
free country, and were abundantly entitled to hold and express 
opinions as to what was the best policy for the government to 
pursue. God has so constituted men that, of necessity, they 
must differ in opinion on all subjects. How weak and wicked, 
then, is that man who hates his brother because of the failure 
to agree on matters that are, after all, involved in doubt as to 
their results. 

1827. 11. It was thus that the American people began 
really to enter upon a series of party struggles which were to 


eventuate in the great and destructive civil war of 1861. 
While the parties in power were thus contending on the sub- 
jects mentioned, there was growing up a sentiment among the 
people of the North against slave-holding. 

12. The Northern States had all abolished this institution, 
in their midst, and their servants had been brought to the South 
and sold. Southern men, also, had been divided as to the policy 
of continuing a state of society so opposed to the general liber- 
ties of mankind; but this liberal spirit was checked by the 
violent and unreasonable criticisms and denunciations of the 
reformers. Alas! for the weakness of humau nature, even in 
its best estate ! 


1. What growth was noticed in the Union during the years just consid- 
ered ? 

2. What is said of emigration to North Carolina ? 

3. In what condition were the political parties of the country ? 

4. What is said of President Madison's administration ? 

5. What State refused to recognize the legality of slave property? 
What Society was organized? 

6. What was the effect of the election of John Quincy Adams ? What 
two political parties then existed ? 

7. What troubles did Mr. Adams find? What party was led by Henry 
Clay? What were some of the Whig principles? 

8. What did General Jackson and his party advocate? 

9. What results were produced by the violent assertion of these opinions ? 

10. What is said of political animosities ? 

11. In what condition did the year 1827 find the people of the United 

12. How had the Northern States acted in regard to slavery ? What 
checked the liberal spirit of the South concerning slavery ? 



A. D. 1827 TO 1836. 

While the Republic of the United States was so divided 
and agitated as to matters of policy touching the interests of 
all the Union, there were, at the same time, many issues of 
local importance, confined to North Carolina. 

2. The old habit of annually changing the place for hold- 
ing the sessions of the Legislature had first brought about a 
feeling of sectionalism between the eastern and western coun- 
ties. Western men had first learned to combine in securing 
Hillsboro rather than New Bern for this purpose. It was 
natural and right for them to seek to lessen the distance as 
much as possible that separated the State capital from their 

1829. 3. The western counties were also anxious to change 
the system of representation, so that their weight in popula- 
tion should be felt in legislation. As it was, the east held 
control of both Houses of the General Assembly. Hertford, 
with five hundred voters, had exactly the weight of Buncombe 
or Orange, with its thousands. Eastern men would not 
consent to modify this hardship. They insisted that the Hali- 
fax Constitution was still to be adhered to, and refused to go 
into a convention for fear of changes that might subject east- 
ern wealth to the consequences of the great western desire for 
the construction of highways. 

4. In the western convention, which met in Raleigh, in 
1823, and was presided over by Bartlett Yancey, several wise 


and desirable changes were suggested. A calm but vehement 
spirit was evident among the people that might have pro- 
ceeded to such lengths as were seen in the "Dorr Troubles" of 
Rhode Island, had not the Legislature of 1834, come to the 
rescue in the passage of the "Convention Bill." 

1834. 5. On a close vote, aided by the votes of eastern 
borough members, the bill was passed which provided that, 
in case the call for a convention therein contained should be 
endorsed by a majority of the voters in the State, then a con- 
vention should be held; and each member chosen, before 
taking his seat, should take oath that he would not be a party 
to any further alterations of the Constitution than those 
specified in the enabling act. 

1835. 6. The Convention met in Raleigh, on June 4, 
1835, and Nathaniel Macon was made President. Many of 
the ablest men in the State were members. Judge Gaston, ex- 
Governor David L. Swain and Judge J. J. Daniel were 
leaders in the debates. Borough representation and free-negro 
suffrage were abolished. The election of Governor was taken 
from the Assembly and committed to the people. The legis- 
lative sessions were made biennial instead of annual, as of old. 
Each county was to send one member to the House of Com- 
mons, and more if its population justified so doing. One 
hundred and twenty members constituted this body, while the 
Senators were limited to fifty. The upper House was to rep- 
resent taxation; and the lower, population. 

Note.— In 1831, on the morning of the 21st of June, the capitol at 
Raleigh, was burned. The fire was caused by the carelessness of a work- 
man who was covering the roof. The building was a total loss, as was also 
the beautiful statue of Washington, which stood in the rotunda. A new 
capitol was erected upon the site of the old building, by act of the Legisla- 
ture of 1832. It is an elegant structure, and was built of native granite, at 
a cost of over a half million of dollars. 


7. These organic changes were ratified by a popular ma- 
jority of more than five thousand votes. This change of 
Constitution was soon followed by the first popular election 
for Governor. Messrs. Miller, Burton, Owen and Swain had 
successively occupied the Executive office in North Carolina, 
until the Legislature, for the last time, selected a Governor in 
the person of Richard Dobbs Spaight, of Craven. 

1836. 8. This elegaut and genial gentleman did not 
equal his father in the measure of his endowments, but was 
well fitted for the exigencies of a contest before the people. 
He was nominated for re-election by the Democrats, but was 
beaten by the Whig nominee, Edward B. Dudley, of Wil- 
mington. Mr. Dudley was not only a very able lawyer, but 
proved himself a statesman of enduring worth. He, John 
M. Morehead and W. S. Ashe, have accomplished more for 
the railway system of the State than perhaps all other party 
leaders combined. 

9. The first railway charter given in North Carolina was 
that of the Petersburg Railroad. This was in 1830, and was 
followed, two years later, by that of the Portsmouth and 
Roanoke route. Soon, Governor Dudley and others had 
organized the Wilmington Railroad, leading to Weldon, the 
same terminus mentioned for the others. This was for some- 
time the longest single line in the world. 

10. A few lines had been constructed in the United States 
prior to these, but they were among the pioneer works of the 
mighty net-work of railways now seen in every portion of the 
Republic. A mighty change has come to the travel and 
traffic of the States. The vast reaches of the national terri- 
tory once presented to wise observers of our institutions a 
bar to any unity of thought and interest; but steam and elec- 


tricity have triumphed over space, and the Republic, in 1881, 
is far more compact and accessible than were the Atlantic 
States in 1787. 

11. In just a half century, the iron lines beginning at the 
sea, have reached and pierced the mountain barriers of West- 
ern North Carolina. From State to State, rush the tireless 
ministers of our wealth and pleasure. Instead of the wagon 
train toiling slowly in the rear of weary axemen, we see the 
mighty train dash by with the speed of the hurricane, and bear- 
ing burdens which would have proved to our ancestors "as 
fixed and immovable as the everlasting hills." 


1. What is said of the troublesome years ? 

2. What troubles were seen in North Carolina ? What divisions had 
sprung up between the eastern and western men of the State? 

3. How did the men of the two sections view the question of represen- 
tation ? 

4. What is said of the Western Convention of 1823? 

5. What law was enacted concerning a convention ? 

G. What is said of the memorable Convention of 1835 ? What changes 
were made in the Constitution ? 

7. What was the majority of votes given to the amendments? Who 
was the last Governor selected by the Legislature? 

8. What two candidates were before the people in 1836 ? Who was the 
first Governor elected by the people? 

9. Give some particulars concerning railway charters. 

10. What is said of railroads throughout the United States? 

11. Mention the closing thoughts concerning the railroad and telegraph. 





A. D, 1836 TO 1837. 

There had been many changes effected among the people of 
North Carolina by the lapse of time, when the year 1836 
came in. Bartlett Yancey, the two Drs. Caldwell and Archi- 
bald Henderson were all dead, and their places filled by other 
men. Cotton was becoming more and more widely cultivated, 
and, year by year the value of slave property was becoming 
increased by reason of the profits realized in the cultivation 
of this great Southern staple. 

2. The Dismal Swamp Canal was at last ready for traffic 
between the Albemarle country and Norfolk, in the State of 
Virginia. A change soon came upon the trade of the towns 
thus connected by a new water-course with the outer world. 
The dangerous voyages through the inlets and out into the 
ocean were by degrees abandoned, and almost all direct trade 
with the West Indies ceased. 

3. The Baptist churches of the greater portion of North 
Carolina, in 1830, formed what they called a "State Conven- 
tion," and organized for missionary and other purposes. 
This important movement was soon to result in a great im- 
provement to those concerned, for out of this combination 
learned periodicals, new churches and many colleges and 
schools were to have their origin. 

4. Among public men of that day Judge Willie P. Man- 
gum, of Orange, held a distinguished position. His brilliant 
eloquence and gracious demeanor secured his election in 1830, 


over Governor John Owen, to the United States Senate. In 
this distinguished body he was to remain long and become 
highly influential. A personal difficulty came near resulting 
in a duel between these two gentlemen, but it was amicably 
settled. Governor Owen was no further in public life, except 
to preside over the convention which nominated Harrison and 
Tyler for the chief executive offices of the United States in 

5. The accidental burning of the State-House in 1831, was 
a calamity and inconvenience, but the chief regret was over 
the loss of the marble statue of Washington. This fine work 
had been recently received from the famous sculptor, Canova, 
and was said to be one of his finest productions. 

6. Upon the death of Chief Justice Taylor, in 1829, the 
legal profession mourned for one of its greatest ornaments. 
Hiss trong native understanding was enhanced by much learn- 
ing; but in addition to this, he possessed qualities which 
peculiarly fitted him for framing the practice and precedents 
of a new tribunal. He was a wise and just man, and well 
deserved to be called the "Mansfield of North Carolina." 

7. Upon Judge Taylor's death, Leonard Henderson became 
Chief Justice and Judge J. D. Toomer, Associate Justice, 

Note. — "By a freak of liberality, unusual in those good old days, when 
the State never spent over ninety thousand dollars a year for all purposes ; 
when taxes were six cents on the one hundred dollars value of real estate 
only, and personal property was entirely exempt, the General Assembly 
had placed in the rotunda a magnificent statue of Washington, of Carrara 
marble, by the great Canova. It was the pride and boast of the State. 
Our people remembered with peculiar pleasure that LaFayette had stood at 
its base and commended the beauty of the carving and the fitness of the 
honor to the great man, under whom he had served in our war for inde- 
pendence, and whom he regarded with a passionate and reverential love." 
—{Hon. Kemp P. Battle, LL. D.) 


only remained a member of the Court a few months, and 
having resigned, was succeeded by Thomas Ruffin, of Orange. 
No one in our history has brought higher judicial qualities 
to the bench than were seen in Judge Ruffin. Deep learning, 
wide grasp and luminous statement, were soon to make him 
respected both at home and abroad. 

8. Upon the death of Chief Justice Henderson, in 1833, 
William Gaston, of Craven, was elected to fill the vacancy. 
The Court was then composed of Thomas Ruffin, Joseph J. 
Daniel and William Gaston ; and was unequaled in America 
as a legal tribunal. Judge Daniel was able, learned and 
upright; and in Gaston, nature had combined her highest 
gifts. His Roman Catholic creed was not shared by many 
people of the State, but such were the purity and usefulness 
of his life, that no man of his time was more beloved or 

9. The Superior Courts of this period were also presided 
over by wise and honored judges. Henry Sea well, who had, 
from humble origin, made himself a powerful advocate in the 
courts, and had twice been clothed with the judicial ermine, 
had recently died, and the different circuits were then presided 
over by Thomas Settle, of Rockingham ; R. M. Saunders, 
of Wake; John M. Dick, of Guilford; John L. Bailey, of 
Pasquotank, and Richmond M. Pearson, of Rowan. 

10. The Bar of North Carolina was never more respected for 
the learning and eloquence of its members, than at the period 
now T reached in this narrative. Gavin Hogg was dead, and 
Peter Browne, after amassing a large fortune had retired from 
the practice, and was presiding as Chairman of Wake County 
Court. Judge Duncan Cameron, after a similar career of 
success, was content with his farms and position as President 
of a bank. 


1837. 11. Judge Badger, B. F. Moore, Thomas Bragg, 
and W. N. H. Smith were all in full practice before the 
courts, and were the peers of Iredell, Davie and Archibald 
Henderson of former days. It is impossible to overestimate 
the influence for good or evil, which has been and ever will 
be exerted by the lawyers in a free land. They are the senti- 
nels and conservators of public liberty, and, next to the clergy, 
improve or impair the morality of the masses. 


1. What changes were noticed in North Carolina in 1836? What is 
said of cotton and slave property ? 

2. What great canal had been completed? How did this canal benefit 
Eastern North Carolina? Point out the Dismal Swamp Canal on the map. 

3. What religious convention had been formed in 1830? 

4. What public man is now mentioned, and what is said of his abilities? 

5. What terrible calamity occurred at Raleigh in 1831 ? What was the 
cause of special regret ? 

6. What mention is made of Chief Justice Taylor ? 

7. What changes were made in the Supreme Court? What is said of 
Judge Thomas Ruffin ? 

8. Who succeeded Judge Henderson ? Who composed the Supreme 
Court in 1833 ? 

9. Can you name some of the Judges of the Superior Court ? 

10. What is said of the Bar at this period ? 

11. How is the influence of lawyers always felt in a community? 



A. D. 1837 TO 1840. 

It will be remembered that in 1767 the first school was 
incorporated by the Legislature of North Carolina, by the 
act in favor of the academy at New Bern. In this, and sub- 
sequent legislation for schools at Edenton and elsewhere, it 
had been provided that instruction should be furnished only 
by communicants of the Church of England. 

2. When, just previous to the outbreak of the Revolu- 
tionary war, the founders of the "Queen's Museum," at 
Charlotte, asked incorporation of the Colonial General As- 
sembly, it was not granted, for the reason that this institution 
was Presbyterian, both as to trustees and faculty. Up to 
that period dissenting ministers had not been allowed any 
legal recognition, and it was considered a great concession that 
the Presbyterian clergy were allowed to officiate at marriages. 

3. During the Revolution (in 1777), the useful seminary at 
Charlotte was first legally chartered as "Liberty Hall." It 
was in no way sustained by or connected with the State, but 
was to the Presbytery of Orange what Davidson College is 
now to the Synod of North Carolina, and was sustained solely 
by the contributions and patronage of private citizens. In- 
deed, this had been the case all along with the chartered 
schools of New Bern and Edenton. 

4. In 1776, when the Convention at Halifax framed the 
first Constitution for the State, among the leading ordinances 
of that instrument was that for the State's active aid to the 


education of the people. With this clause in the Constitu- 
tion they all swore to uphold, the legislators had done nothing 
so far, except to provide, in 1790, for the establishment of 
the University at Chapel Hill.* 

5. This disregard of their organic law on the part of those 
constituting the State government, had been deeply regretted 
by many wise and good men. But only a few had disre- 
garded the opposition to taxation for popular education. 
Governors Johnston and Davie in former days, and Judge 
Murphy and Bartlett Yancey of later times, had been strenu- 
ous for a larger compliance with the terms of the State Con- 
stitution, but the time-servers in the Legislature, who were 
fearful of incurring popular displeasure, had held back ; and 
thus the masses of the State were each year sinking to a pro- 
founder depth of ignorance. 

6. General Jackson and the Democratic party had opposed 
the distribution of the proceeds from the sale of national public 
lands as a fixed rule in the policy of the government, but in 
his last administration, many millions of dollars had col- 
lected in the Federal treasury, for which the general gov- 
ernment had no immediate use. In 1837 this fund was 
divided out to all the States except Virginia (that Common- 
wealth refusing her share). North Carolina's proportion 
amounted to one and a half million dollars. 

7. This fund, together with the amounts realized from the 
sale of swamp lands belonging to the State, and certain shares 
of bank stock, also the property of North Carolina, was set 
aside and invested for the benefit of the public schools of the 
State, and was known as the "School Fund." 

^Section 41 of the Halifax Constitution declared that "all useful learn- 
ing should be duly encouraged and promoted in one or more universities." 


8. It was not until the year 1840 that any effective legisla- 
tion was had for the establishment of the free educational 
system. By an act of the Legislature of 1836, the Governor 
and three others, by him to be appointed, were constituted the 
"Literary Board." In 1839 an act was passed to divide the 
counties into school districts. It left to each county the 
option of schools or no schools. It showed considerable 
advance in popular wisdom, that nearly all the counties 
decided to have schools and to be taxed for the erection of 
such buildings as were necessary in the work. 

9. Not in the General Assembly alone was the subject of 
education receiving unusual attention. The Baptists, in 1836, 
established a high school on the farm of Colonel Caivin 
Jones, in Wake county. A little later it was changed in 
name and became Wake Forest College. The Presbyterians, 
in 1838, founded Davidson College, in Mecklenburg. These 
denominational institutions were to be noble adjuncts to the 
University in affording opportunities for liberal culture in 
our own borders. 

10. Thus, at last, the "old-field schools" were superceded 
and become things of the past. The old fashioned country 
teacher, who passed from house to house for subsistence, and 
was wholly dependent upon the feelings or caprices of one or 
two employers, gradually disappeared as academies and com- 
mon schools multiplied. 

11. The Bingham School in Orange, the Bobbitt School in 
Granville, and numerous other excellent male academies, were 
greatly adding to the number of well-informed and useful 

1840. 12. The Salem Seminary, so widely renowned for 
the host of cultivated women sent out to every portion of the 


South, at last found a worthy rival in St. Mary's School. 
This institution was established at Raleigh, in 1842, under the 
patronage of Bishop Ives and the Episcopal Diocese of North 
Carolina. Rev. Dr. Aldert Smedes, who so long presided 
over its fortunes, must have been singularly fitted for such a 
place; for in no other institution of America was intellectual 
training more largely supplemented by the moral and social 

Note. — The schools referred to in the text were soon re-inforced by the 
Methodist Female College and the Caldwell Institute at Greensboro. The 
former of these excellent seminaries, after many vicissitudes, has recently 
been rebuilt, and is again dispensing blessings to the young ladies of the 
church to which it is indebted for its foundation. 


1. What is this chapter about? What laws had been enacted concern- 
ing education ? 

2. Why had incorporation been refused to the "Queen's Museum" ? 

3. What is said of the schools at Charlotte and Davidson ? 

4. What clause was in the first State Constitution ? How had the in- 
tent of this clause been carried out? 

5. What were some of the views in regard to popular education? 
What men had advocated the provisions of the Constitution ? 

G. What addition to the School Fund did North Carolina receive in 

7. How was the fund further increased ? 

8. Can you mention the legislation at this period affecting school mat- 
ters ? 

O. What denominational schools were founded about this time? 

10. What is said of the ''old-field schools"? 

11. Where were the Bingham and Bobbitt Schools, and what is said of 
their usefulness ? 

12. What two female schools are mentioned? What is said of St. 
Mary's School ? 





A. D, 1840 TO 1845. 

When the year of our Lord 1840 had come, peace and 
prosperity were in all portions of North Carolina. Society 
was still divided into three classes. These were the white peo- 
ple, the slaves and the free negroes. The latter class had 
originated by manumission, and were numerous in some of the 
eastern counties. They had lost prestige and privilege by the 
action of the State Convention of 1835. 

2. Before that time, they had, by sufferance, been permitted 
to vote, but as there was no positive law for this habit, in the 
growing sectional animosities, the free negroes were deemed 
unfit agents for use of the elective franchise, and they had, 
therefore, lost this badge of freedom. As oppression ever de- 
grades the people who submit to it, they, of course, were each 
year becoming more useless as members of the community. 

1842. 3. Many were unthrifty and dishonest, and were 
considered a great injury to slaves by association. Therefore, 
they were discriminated against in the legislation of the period. 

Note.— The Presidential campaign of 1840 was an unusually exciting- 
one. The Whig nominee, William Henry Harrison, was charged by his 
opponents as having lived in a " log cabin," with nothing to drink but "hard 
cider." His friends made good use of these charges. "Hard Cider" be- 
came a political watch-word, and, in the numerous Whig processions, a "log 
cabin" on wheels occupied the most prominent and honored position. The 
"Log Cabin Campaign" will long be remembered. President Harrison 
died within one month after his inauguration. His last words were, "The 
principles of the Government; I wish them carried out. I ask nothing 


Virginia and Ohio had both enacted statutes which forbade 
their access to those borders. North Carolina provided by law 
that in case of their removal from the State they lost their 
residence and were forbidden to return. 

4. Of course all this was harsh and unjust, but in the heated 
contest between Southern slave-owners and Northern abolition- 
ists, the claims of mercy and forbearance were forgotten by 
those who contended both for property and principle. As the 
whole colored population, both bond and free, were not per- 
mitted to testify in courts of justice, except as for or against 
themselves, where no white person was involved, they were 
also shorn of legal protection. 

5. The slaves also were sufferers by the spirit of the age. 
The law denied them education lest incendiary documents 
should reach them from the societies at the North, which were 
soon to manifest their spirit in the invasion of John Brown. 
It was seen that slavery and intellectual culture were incom- 
patible, and therefore not even enough learning was allowed 
the slave to read the Bible. This fact, added to the further 
hardship as to marital relations among the slaves, created 
regret in the minds of many Southern men. 

6. These were hard problems for solution. In fact, slavery 
was inconsistent with all the grand doctrines touching human 
rights which had been so nobly propounded and exemplified 
in the new American polity. But human nature has ever 
prompted men to overlook abstract rights where they conflict 
with great vested claims to property. No people in the world's 
history have risen to the height of impoverishing themselves 
for the benefit of others. 

7. The Northern States had sold their slaves rather than 
free them in their acts of manumission. It was not possible 


for this to be further repeated by the Commonwealths still 
retaining the institution ; so, in blind dread of the future and 
in utter hopelessness of any other solution of their difficulty, 
except in remaining as they were, the statesmen of the South 
contented themselves with a simple policy of resistance to 

1845. 8. Among the white people of North Carolina were 
found all who participated in the conduct of public affairs. 
The means of popular education had been too recently adopted 
to show effects upon the community. In this way the per- 
centage of ignorance among the whites was lamentably great 
as compared with other States of the Union. The labors of 
a few wise men were just being crowned with success and the 
children of the poor were receiving the rudiments of educa- 
tion in every portion of the State. 

9. In religion, the great mass of the people belonged to 
churches in the country. These rural congregations, as a gen- 
eral thing, met on one Saturday and the succeeding Sabbath of 
each month, to attend the preaching of a minister who often 
served other churches as pastor the remaining Sundays. 
Beyond the Sunday-schools and annual protracted meetings, 
there were no other religious observances except occasional 
funerals and prayer-meetings at private houses. 

10. The ancient balls and horse-races of the eastern coun- 
ties had, in a large measure, ceased. In the growth of the 
Methodist and Baptist Churches in that section, such amuse- 
ments had been so discouraged that festivities of the kind 
became rare. In the western sections of North Carolina they 
had never been countenanced by the stern discipline of the 


11. It was in this way that the summers become more or 
less marked by great assemblages in the camp or protracted 
meetings. They were, to the devout, seasons of religious 
devotion, but to the young and thoughtless, opportunities for 
unbounded courtship and social enjoyment. 


1. What three classes of society existed in North Carolina in 1840 ? 

2. What laws had been enacted by the Legislature as affecting free 
negroes ? 

3. Why were these laws passed ? 

4. What is said of the condition of the negroes? 

5. How had the people been forced to this legislation? How was this 
state of affairs considered by many Southern men ? 

6. What reflections are offered upon the question of slavery ? 

7. What had the Northern Slates done with their slaves? How was 
the South compelled to act ? 

8. What educational progress was being made ? 

9. What was the condition of religious matters ? 

10. What effects were seen from the growth of the churches? 

11. What great congregations were found in various places during the 
summer ? 



A. D. 1845 TO 1847. 

Governor Dudley was opposed by ex-Governor John 
Branch, of Halifax, as the candidate of the Democratic party 
in 1838. Governor Branch had been in the Cabinet of Gen- 
eral Jackson, and, upon his defeat in this contest, retired from 
public life in North Carolina to assume the appointment of 
territorial Governor of Florida. In the gubernatorial con- 
test, two years later, John Motley Morehead, of Guilford, as 
the nominee of the Whigs, likewise defeated the Democratic 
leader, Judge Romulus M. Saunders. 

2. They were both men of large natural endowments, and 
have never been surpassed in the vigor of their debates before 
the people. They were both educated at Chapel Hill, and 
were types of the ablest Southern men of their day. Con- 
tent with the results of moderate acquirements in their pro- 
fession as lawyers, and with small regard for mere literary or 
artistic attainments, they read the newspapers and the law 
touching some case before them, and were satisfied in the 
bestowal of their remaining hours upon mere business and 
social employment. 

3. In this way there remain so few memorials of the public 
men of North Carolina and other Southern States. Beyond 
a speech reported in the Congressional debates, a legal decision 
in the Supreme Court, or an address at some college com- 
mencement, their record as officials and traditions of the past 
alone survive to inform the present generation as to what man- 


ber of men they were. Judge Saunders made a high reputa- 
tion as a member of Congress ; and Governor Morehead so 
grew in favor that eloquent Lewis D. Henry, who opposed 
his re-election, was also defeated by a considerable majority. 

4. In the deaths of Judges Gaston and Daniel of the 
Supreme Court, and of Lewis Williams, who had for so many 
years served as a member of Congress, there was deep sor- 
row in all the State. These were aged men, and there was a 
keener pang at the early demise of Michael Hoke, of Lincoln. 
He had just concluded a brilliant canvass against William A. 
Graham, of Orange, for the office of Governor, and the double 
disaster of defeat and death was deeply commiserated, even 
by his late antagonists of the Whig party. 

1844. 5. This election of Governor Graham was to mark 
a new era in the development of the State. He was the son 
of General Joseph Graham, of the Revolution, and inherited 
many of his virtues. No public man in the history of the 
State has brought closer application or a higher elevation to 
his duties. Like Richard Caswell and Nathaniel Macon, his 
hold upon the public affections was never lost, and to the day 
of his death he was "first in the hearts of his countrymen" 
of North Carolina. 

6. The election of Mr. Polk over Henry Clay, in the Presi- 
dential campaign of 1844, was ominous of war with the Mexi- 
can Republic. The infatuated people of that country resented 
the annexation of Texas; and many men of North Carolina 
were sorely tried that the Democratic policy had thus resulted 
in actual hostilities with a neighboring power. For this rea- 
son there was not the usual alacrity seen in the enlistment of 
volunteers for the army of the United States. 

7. The President of the United States was a native of North 
Carolina and had been educated at Chapel Hill. His gracious 


visit to the University during his term of office was highly 
appreciated and largely redounded to the honor of that ancient 

1846. 8. A regiment of North Carolina volunteers was 
sent to Mexico under Colonel Robert Trent Paine, of Chowan. 
It was stationed on the lines of communication, but was not 
actively engaged in any of the battles. Two companies of 
North Carolina troops, under Captains W. J. Clarke and 
Charles R. Jones, were mustered into the Twelfth Regiment 
United States Infantry, and did valiant service in the battle 
at National Bridge. 

9. Louis D. Wilson, of Edgecombe, had been Captain of 
Company A, in Colonel Paine's regiment. He was promoted 
to Major and assigned to duty in the Twelfth United States 
Infantry. He died on duty in Mexico, and left his estate to 
the benefit of the poor of his native county. 

10. Captain Braxton Bragg gained great credit for his con- 
duct at the battle of Buena Vista (Bwa'nah Vees'tah), where, 
with a single battery of light artillery, he resisted the attack 
of a large force upon General Taylor's left flank, and thus 
prevented a movement that would otherwise have caused the 

*Note. — James K. Polk was born in Mecklenburg county in 1795, and 
died in 1849. 

"The announcement of Mr. Polk's nomination was the first news ever 
sent by magnetic telegraph. It was transmitted from Baltimore to Wash- 
ington, May 29, 1844, over a line built with §30,000 appropriated by Con- 
gress to test Professor Morse's invention. This was the grandest event of 
this administration, and it has largely influenced the civilization and pros- 
perity of this country." — (Barnes' History of the United States.) 

By a singular coincidence, the author of this North Carolina History was 
in the telegraph office at Baltimore when this news was sent. 


immediate retreat and probable destruction of the American 

11. Major Samuel McRee, of Wilmington, rendered valua- 
ble service as Chief Quartermaster in the army under Gen- 
eral Seott. Captain J. H. K. Burgwinn, of the First United 
States Dragoons, died of his wounds at Taos (Ta'os). Lieu- 
tenant James G. Martin lost an arm and gained a brevet at 
Churubusco (Choo-roo-boos'ko). Captains F. H. Holmes and 
Gabriel Rains, and Lieutenant T. T. Bryan, all gave valua- 
ble and recognized service in the two columns under Generals 
Scott and Taylor. 

*The smoke was so dense in this action that Captain Bragg was ahle 
to place his battery within fifty yards of the advancing column. He 
gave the foe a round of double canister, which opened great gaps in their 
ranks. They staggered and recoiled under this murderous fire. When the 
delighted American commander saw that the battle was won, he arose in 
his stirrups and joyfully shouted : "Give them a little more grape, Captain 


1. What period have we now reached ? Who were Governors at this 
time? What is said of Governor John Branch? 

2. What mention is made of the candidates for Governor in 1840? 

3. What records have we of North Carolina's public men? 

4. What deaths of prominent men occurred about this period? 

5. What Governor was elected in 1834? How was he beloved in the 

6. What troubles arose in national matters on the election of James K. 

7. Of what State was President Polk a native? What is said of his 
visit to the University? 

8. Can you mention the North Carolina troops sent to Mexico, and their 

9. Tell something of Major Louis D. Wilson ? 

10. What valiant officer was with General Taylor at Beuna Vista? 
Give an account of his timely aid to the American army. 

11. What other North Carolina officers are spoken of? 24 




A. D. 1848. 

No single year in human records has been more prolific of 
change and social advancement than that which witnessed the 
overthrow of King Louis Phillipe [Loo'e Fe-leep') in France, 
and the general upheaval of all Europe. It seemed that the 
spirits of the sixteenth century had revisited the earth, and 
that men were everywhere resolved on revolution or amend- 

1848. 2- North Carolina formed no exception to this gen- 
eral impulse of Christendom. A wise and patriotic disregard 
of old sectional and party traditions first led to the assump- 
tion by the State of a controlling part in the great work of 
internal improvement. The railroads that had been pre- 
viously constructed from different points to Roanoke River, 
were all in a deplorable condition. 

3. The Raleigh and Gaston route was so decayed and 
impaired in its equipments that a whole day was consumed in 
the passage of a mail train over the eighty miles traversed. 
The Seaboard route to Portmouth, Virginia, was prostrate and 
out of use. While the Wilmington Road was in somewhat 
better plight, it was still served by feeble engines, which drew 
a few 7 trains slowly along the track ironed no more heavily 
than the wheels of a six-horse wagon. 

4. The additional fact that no railway went further west 
than the village of Raleigh, also prevented the accumulation 
of such travel and traffic as to repay the outlay of construe- 


tion and equipment. The Wilmington Road furnished the 
oreat route between the North and South, and in this way won 
richer returns than lines leading to the interior. 

5. The long-deferred hopes of Western Carolina were at 
last to begin the process of fulfillment. Ex-Governor More- 
head and others besought the Legislature for the State's aid 
in a great line which should connect Charlotte, Greensboro, 
Raleigh and Goldsboro. This was to be called the "North 
Carolina Railroad," and embraced two hundred and forty 
miles of track. This line, extended from Goldsboro to Beau- 
fort, was to foster and create a North Carolina port. 

6. Eastern men, as a general thing, opposed this bill, but 
it was earnestly supported by William S. Ashe, of New Hano- 
ver, and others, in the House of Representatives ; and, having 
passed that body, it was sent to the Senate. The vote in the 
upper House resulted in a tie. Calvin Graves, of Caswell, 
was President. He had been a life-long Democrat, and knew 
that the people of his county were opposed to the State's aid- 
ing the proposed road, but he nobly discharged what he 
thought to be his duty, and, by his casting vote, the bill became 

a law. 

7. This great step in building up the material prosperity of 
the Commonwealth did not satisfy the desires of this memo- 
rable Assembly. Measures that had been adopted at the pre- 
vious session for the establishment of an institution for the 
education of the deaf, dumb and the blind children of the 
State were perfected; and, at the earnest solicitation of Miss 
Dorothea Dix, of New York, a further appropriation was 
made for the erection of a hospital for the insane.* 

*Miss Dix devoted her life to the amelioration of this unfortunate class 
of people. In North Carolina, as generally in the Repultlic, there had 


8. North Carolina was in this way filling out the measure 
of her civilization and humanity. As in their highways is to 
be found the truest test of any people's real material advance- 
ment, so, in thus providing for the safety and comfort of 
the unfortunate and helpless, was the complement of social 
amenity. It was an instance of the highest and purest legis- 
lative wisdom and far removed from the lower atmosphere of 
mere political enactments. 

9. In this memorable session of 1848-'49, a still further 
exemplification of the wisdom of the North Carolina Legis- 
lature was seen in their statute for the protection of married 
women. Before that time the husband had acquired, by virtue 
of his marriage, title to the whole of his wife's estate, both 
real and personal. He not only could, by law, restrain her 
personal liberty, but he could also, without her consent, sell 
whatever property had been hers, either before or after matri- 
monial relations were established. 

10. The statute of this year provided that the wife's lands 
should not be subject to sale by the husband without her full 
and free consent and joinder in the conveyance. This was to 
be attested by a lawful examination and certificate appended 
to the deed conveying such lands. 

11. Therefore, again, was the advanced humanity of the age 
attested in this legal supervision of another defenceless portion 
of the community. It was, ere long, to be further seen that 

been no better disposition of lunatics than their confinement in the loath- 
some dungeons of county jails. Numbers who might have been restored 
to reason and usefulness were, in this way, condemned to the horrors of 
perpetual insanity. Instead of the comforts, kindness and restoration now 
to be found in the admirable management of Dr. Grissom, the poor lunatic 
lay in chains in the murderer's cell and howled out his life amid the dark- 
ness and foetid exhalations of the hell to which he was doomed. 


the ancient English rules allowing the husband the right of 
personal chastisement were also to be abolished, and in larger 
humanity was this other badge of inferiority numbered among 
the things of the past. 

12. There have been periods in the history of all commu- 
nities that times of extraordinary development are witnessed. 
The overthrow of one ancient abuse leads to the correction of 
another; and thus, in the awakened sympathies of the hour, 
the usual supineness and indifference of men as to needed 
reformations give way to a new and higher humanity. 


I. What is this lesson about? What is said of the period now reached ? 
ii. How was North Carolina feeling the general impulse of improve- 

3. In what condition were the railroads? 

4. How far west were the railroads leading? Which of the roads was 
obtaining most travel? 

5. What important railway is now mentioned? What was to be its 

6. Can you describe the passage of the "Kailroad Bill" through the 

7. What charitable institutions were provided for at this session ? 
Through whose instrumentality was the appropriation made for the Insane 

8. What is said of these internal improvements? 

9. What other important law was enacted at this session? Can you tell 
something of the rights of married women previous to this time? 

10. What were the provisions of the new law? 

II. What was indicated by these acts of the State? 
12. What reflections are made upon this era? 



A. D, 1849 TO 1852. 

The female seminaries of Salem, Raleigh and Greensboro 
were supplemented, in 1848, in the establishment, by the 
Chowan and Portsmouth Baptist Associations, of another 
female school of high grade at Murfreesboro. This useful 
and popular institution was to acquire great reputation, and 
attract support from many of the Southern States. The Uni- 
versity, Wake Forest and Davidson Colleges were all finding 
larger appreciation and growing in the number of their stu- 
dents, as many were leaving Northern institutions and obtain- 
ing education nearer their homes. 

2. Governor Morehead had been followed in office as Chief 
Magistrate by a man of equal usefulness in the person of Wil- 
liam A. Graham, of Orange. In the United States Senate, 
Judges Mangum and Badger were among the foremost men 
of the Republic, and brought honor on North Carolina and 
themselves by the wisdom of their service. 

3. In the House of Representatives, Colonel James J. 
McKay, of Bladen, had long been recognized as one of the 
leading men of the House, and was chairman of the Com- 
mittee on Ways and Means. Messrs. Kenneth Rayner and 
Thomas L. Clingman were even more eloquent; and the latter 
was a statesman who brought a degree of devotion and learn- 
ing to his discharge of duty which has perhaps never been 
surpassed by any man yet delegated by the State. 

1849. 4. At the expiration of Governor Graham's term 
of office, Charles Manly, of Wake, became Governor. The 


people of the State grew excited in the contest between Messrs. 
Manly and Reid over the Democratic proposition to abolish 
the free-hold qualification of voters for State Senators. It 
had been, ever since 1776, necessary for a man to possess fifty 
acres of land to be entitled to this franchise. It was now pro- 
posed to allow all white men the privilege of suffrage. 

5. Upon the election of General Taylor as President of the 
United States, Mr. Polk retired to private life, and soon died 
at Nashville, Tennessee. He was a pure and laborious man, 
but was not the equal of Andrew Jackson in those great natu- 
ral gifts which immortalized the hero of New Orleans (New 

6. Upon the cessation of war with Mexico, it had been 
agreed in the treaty of peace that upon the payment of a large 
sum of money, Upper California should, with other Mexican 
territory, belong to the United States. The discovery of 
immense deposits of gold on the Pacific coast led to such 
immigration that, in 1850, California was applying for admis- 
sion as a State into the Union. 

7. Again the spectre of coming strife and bloodshed was 
seen in the renewal of the struggle over the question of free- 
dom or slavery in this new sister in the galaxy of States. 
Southern men, like Henry Clay, thought that the whole sub- 
ject had been settled in 1821, when, by the Missouri Compro- 
mise, it had been ordained that involuntary servitude should 
not obtain north of the geographical line 36° 30' north lati- 

1851. 8. It was understood, as the bulk of Federal ter- 
ritory lay north of this parallel, that the fragment south 
would therefore become slave-holding. But they were told 
that the inhibition alone was effective, and that no such con- 


verse right was intended to be conveyed as that contended for 
by the men of the South. The most logical of these men 
said that Congress had exceeded its powers in the enactment 
mentioned, and that no power could settle the question but 
the people of the new State. 

9. It was seen that "Wilmot's Proviso/' excluding slavery 
from all future States, was the fixed determination of the 
Northern people. So, after a protracted and bitter struggle, 
Mr. Clay, as the last service of a long and illustrious life, 
procured the passage of the compromise in which the only 
concession by Northern men was the " Fugitive Slave Law." 

10. This statute provided that Federal courts and officers 
should arrest and return to their owners such slaves as should 
be found absconding in the different States of the Union, 
whether free or slave-holding. It was greeted by a prodigious 
outcry from the Northern press and people. They determined 
that this national law should not be executed, and the differ- 
ent legislatures of the free States began their enactment of 
personal liberty laws, which made it penal to aid in carrying 
out the law of Congress. 

11. The white people of the South were exasperated and 
disheartened at such manifestations. They said that it was a 
plain violation of -their constitutional rights, and many became 
convinced that the Federal Union had ceased to be beneficial 
to the South. To meet this state of affairs it was recom- 
mended that the Southern States should leave the Union by 

12. Very few men or women reached such a conclusion at 
that time in North Carolina. It was generally thought best 
to appeal to the sober second thoughts of the North and await 
calmer councils. It was a hard measure of justice to expect 


a people to surrender so much prejudice and property at once; 
and thus the breach widened between the contending sections. 


1. What educational institutions are mentioned? 

2. Who was Governor in 1848? What two men were distinguished in 
the United States Senate? 

3. Who were the representative men in the House? 

4. Who succeeded Governor Graham in 1850? What proposition 
was agitating the people? 

5. Who succeeded Mr. Polk as President of the United States? What 
is said of President Polk? 

G. What events were occurring in the West ? 

7. What spectre of the past reappears? Relate the circumstances? 

8. In what condition was the question now seen? 

9. What is said of the " Wilmot Proviso" and "Fugitive Slave Law"? 

10. What was the "Fugitive Slave Law"? How did the North legis- 
late against this law of Congress ? 

11. How was the South affected by these troubles? 

12. What was North Carolina's course in the matter? 




A, D. 1852 TO 1859. 

The election of General Franklin Pierce to the Presidency, 
in 1852, was considered by many as a rebuke to those who had 
been so clamorous in the North against the compromise of 
1851. He was a warm supporter of the rights of the indi- 
vidual States, and the knowledge of this fact brought repose 
to the minds of Southern men. North Carolina had just 
entered upon a wise development of her material resources, 
and, with her recent erection of public charities, was attaining 
a higher plane of social benefactions than had ever been wit- 
nessed before. 

2. The adoption of the free suffrage change in the State 
Constitution, the completion of the great central railway, the 
opening of the asylums and the large addition to the number 
of schools, only continued the evidence of a wide-spread pros- 
perity. Capitalists, for the first time, began to invest their 
wealth in cotton and woolen factories. Great attention was 
given by the public press and the stump orators to the mineral 
resources of the Commonwealth.* 

*The erection of the office of Superintendent of Common Schools, in 1853, 
and the appointment of Calvin H. Wiley, of Guilford, to that position 
marked an extraordinary advance in the matter of popular education. Mr. 
Wiley soon evinced so much discretion and devotion to his duties that his 
propositions of improvement were adopted, and his views and wishes soon 
became those of the State government. The same year was further signal- 
ized by the Normal School, under charge of Mr. Craven, being empowered 


3. With the new lines of railroad and the restoration of the 
old routes, there was a large advance in the value of real estate 
and in the amount of productions sent abroad. The use of 
Peruvian Guano and other concentrated fertilizers was only 
being introduced, but the example of Edgecombe county in 
the use of native compost heaps was spreading in every direc- 
tion and immensely adding to the yield of exhausted fields. 

4. It was a notable thing in the political history of the 
country, that, in the Presidential contest of 1852, both the 
candidates for Vice-President, of the Whig and Democratic 
parties, were born in North Carolina and educated at Chapel 
Hill. Ex-Governor William R. King, then of Alabama, 
was chosen over ex-Governor Graham, who had been Secre- 
tary of the Navy in the Cabinet of President Fillmore. 

5. The churches were prospering under their large benefac- 
tions to education. A larger culture was coming to those who 
filled the pulpits at home, and devoted men like Dr. Matthew 
T. Yates, were going to heathen lands to devote their lives to 
the good of other races. The Episcopal Church had abundant 
compensation in the wisdom and virtues of Bishop Atkinson, 
for the loss of Bishop Ives, upon his leaving that communion 
for the Church of Rome. The great slavery controversy was 
bringing trouble and division to the Baptists and Methodists, 
and thus, not only statesmen and politicians, but ministers of 
the Gospel were also set at variance. 

1854. 6. From Massachusetts was sent, at this period, a 
new and startling impulse to the pulpits and hustings of the 

by the Legislature to grant literary degrees and the assumption of the full 
dignities of a college. After nearly thirty years of usefulness, this institu- 
tion, now known as Trinity College, is still accomplishing great good under 
the auspices of the Methodists of the State. 


land. It had been the peculiar glory of the American people 
that they were the originators of the great doctrine and prac- 
tice of religious liberty. A new party, calling themselves the 
"Know-Nothings," had carried that State and were proclaim- 
ing their opposition to all Catholics as public officers.* 

7. This was to prove a short-lived and pernicious movement. 
It not only contravened the noblest American precedents, but 
at once combined all the ends and fragments of parties which 
had previously opposed the great organization that had been 
led by Jefferson and Jackson. Besides their hostility to the 
Roman Catholic religion, they inculcated one other principle. 
This was opposition to the naturalization of foreign immi- 
grants until after a residence of twenty-one years within the 
borders of the United States. 

8. The success of this new party ended in the Virginia 
campaign between Governor Wise and T. S. Flournoy, and it 
was succeeded in the North by yet another political organiza- 
tion called the "Republicans." It was the outgrowth of the 
famous controversy in Congress over the passage of the " Kan- 
sas-Nebraska Bill." 

1855. 9. This statute was, in effect, but a continuance of 
the legislation in regard to California, and amounted to little 
beyond transferring the question of slave or free territory from 
Congress to the new States ; but it was resented by the masses 
of the Northern States as an unholy violation of good faith 
plighted in the passage of the Missouri Compromise. It was 
to prove as fatal as was the Grecian horse to ancient Troy, and 
in its success was pealed the death-knell of slavery. 

10. Amid the discord and bloodshed, brought on by this 
new scheme of Judge Stephen A. Douglas, of Illinois, it was 

*The "Know-Nothings" were also called the "American Party," and 
their motto was "America for Americans." 


soon seen that by another claim of power for settlers in terri- 
tories, called "Squatter Sovereignty," there was to be neither 
protection to Southern immigrants in removing with their 
property, nor any prospect of a fair solution of a vexed 

1858. 1 1 • More in sorrow than anger, the people of North 
Carolina listened to the echoes of " Bleeding Kansas." While 
other States were despairing of further peace and protection 
in the Union, and were slowly maturing schemes for dissolv- 
ing all political connection with the Federal Government, the 
Old North State had not yet become hopeless of the Republic. 

12. The people, whose forefathers had done and suffered so 
much to establish the Union, were unwilling to disturb the 
relations that had produced so much peace and happiness in 
the past. They were blessed with all the material elements of 
prosperity, and, with pain and distrust, took thought of what 
was too soon to occur. 

Note. — On June 27th, 1857, an event occurred in North Carolina which 
brought sadness to the whole State. Rev. Elisha Mitchell, D. D., while 
making researches and surveys upon Black Mountain, in the darkness of 
night lost his way and fell over a very steep precipice and water-fall, 
and was killed. His remains were found, eleven days after the accident, in 
a pool of clear water at the foot of the water-fall. They are now resting 
on the highest point of the mountain, and the spot is known as "Mitchell's 
Peak." Dr. Mitchell found, by measurement, that the Black Mountain 
was the highest point of land east of the Eocky Mountains. "Mitchell's 
Peak" is 6,672 feet above the level of the sea, and 244 feet higher than 
Mount Washington, in New Hampshire. 


1. Of what does this chapter treat? How was the election of President 
Pierce considered? What was the condition of North Carolina? 

2. What is said of the internal improvements? 

3. How was the value of lands being greatly increased? 



4. What is said of the Presidential contest of 1852? What two candi- 
dates were from North Carolina? 

5. In what condition were religious matters? Which religious denomi- 
nations were being affected by the question of slavery? 

6. What new party was organized in Massachusetts? What was the 
main policy of the "Know-Nothings"? 

7. What else is said of that new party? 

8. How did the "Know-Nothings" terminate? Who were the suc- 

9. What is said of the "Kansas-Nebraska Bill"? How were the peo- 
ple affected by it? 

10. How was the South to be affected by "Squatter Sovereignty"? 

11. How was North Carolina acting under the national troubles? 

12. How was the past and future viewed by the people of this State? 



A. D. 1860 TO 1861. 

After the defeat of Charles Manly by David S. Reid, of 
Rockingham, for Governor in 1851, the Democrats had been 
gaining in strength in each succeeding election. Under the 
wise and moderate counsels of Governor Bragg, they were put 
in possession of every branch of the State government. 
Messrs. Mangum and Badger were succeeded by Governor 
Reid and Colonel Asa Biggs, of Martin, as United States 
Senators; and when, in 1858, another Governor was to be 
chosen, both Judge John W. Ellis, of Rowan, and his com- 
petitor, Duncan K. McRae, of Cumberland, claimed to be 
defenders of the Democratic faith.* 

1860. 2. After seventy years of party struggles touching 
the relations of the General Government to the individual 
States, the Presidential contest of 1860 opened with such 
notes of violence and public confusion, that it was at once 
seen that the supreme crisis had come at last. 

3. The only issue before the American people was that of 
slavery in the Territories. The Democrats were divided into 
two fragments. Those supporting Judge Douglas for the 
Presidency advocated " Squatter Sovereignty." The Breckin- 

*In the grave national emergency of the Presidential election of 1860, 
the contest between Governor Ellis and John Pool was still more exciting, 
from the fact of a dangerous innovation proposed by the supporters of Mr. 
Pool, in what was called the ad valorem scheme of taxation. It caused 
great excitement among slave-owners, and was denounced as the first step 
toward abolition of slavery. 


ridge men said that the question of slavery should only be 
settled as to the new States at their constitutional conventions; 
while Republicans, supporting Abraham Lincoln, proclaimed 
that only the enactment of the "Wilmot Proviso" would 
satisfy them. Messrs. Bell and Everett and their party were 
silent on all these stormy differences, and were not of much 
significance in the general upheaval. 

4. It was seen at an early period of the contest, that the 
bulk of the Southern people would be found supporting 
Breckinridge and Lane.* It was generally held in all the 
slave-holding States, that the election of Mr. Lincoln would 
be significant of a purpose among Northern men to disregard 
their rights, and that the inauguration of the abolition policy 
by the Federal officers would compel and justify the secession 
of the Southern States from the Union. 

5. When, in November, 1860, it was known that the 
Republicans had triumphed in the national election, and that 
Abraham Lincoln was chosen President of the United States 
by a majority of the electors in the different State electoral 
colleges, then it was realized that the extreme Southern States 
would, at an early period, sever their connection with the gov- 
ernment at Washington. North Carolina and the other border 
slave States were unwilling to follow in such a course, until 
some overt act of interference on the part of jthe Federal 
authorities with the States should justify such extreme 

* Joseph Lane was born in Buncombe county in this State, and was the 
cousin of Colonel el Lane, who once owned the lands upon which 
Raleigh was bir 1 * ie had served gallantly as a Brigadier General in 
Mexico, after' in Congress and as Governor of Oregon, but was of 

limited caj c d attainments. 


1861. 6. South Carolina and others were unwilling to abide 
such a policy. They said that protection of their property 
would be impossible in the Union, and therefore, before the 
inauguration of President Lincoln, on March 4th, 1861, seven 
States had assembled conventions, and by ordinance declared 
the ties formerly binding them to the Republic of the United 
States as null and void. 

7. North Carolina refused to join in such a movement 
until, in April, the President, in consequence of the attack 
upon and capture of Fort Sumter, required of Governor 
Ellis his State's proportion of an army of seventy-five thousand 
men, which was to be used in the coercion of the recusant 
States. The demand made upon Governor Ellis was refused; 
and, upon his recommendation, twenty thousand volunteers 
were asked for by the General Assembly to sustain North 
Carolina in such a course as should be determined on by a 
Constitutional Convention. 

8. This State Convention was called by the Legislature, and 
met on the 20th day of May, 1861, in the hall of the House 
of Commons. On this anniversary of the Mecklenburg Decla- 
ration the Ordinance of Secession was passed, and North Caro- 
lina made haste to connect herself with the "Confederate 
States of America."* 

*The Ordinance of Secession was as follows: 
"an ordinance dissolving the union between the state of north 

carolina and the other states united with her under the 

compact of government entitled 'the constitution of the 

united states.' 

" We, the people of the State of North Carolina, in Convention assembled, do 
declare and ordain, and it is hereby declared and ordained, That the ordinance 
adopted by the State of North Carolina in the Convention [ \f)% whereby 
the Constitution of the United States was ratified and aa ' k 1 and also 



9. Many good people had hoped and prayed that the 
troubles between the North and South would be peaceably 
arranged ; but all hope of such a blessing was now lost and 
the whole Commonwealth resounded with the notes of prepa- 
ration for the war. In every county men pressed forward by 
thousands to enlist for the defence of the cause the State had 
so lately and deliberately adopted. 

10. Governor John W. Ellis was in the last stages of hope- 
less disease, but, with great resolution, addressed himself to 
the discharge of the onerous duties of his station until his 
death, on June 9th, 1861. He was succeeded by Colonel 
Henry Toole Clark, of Edgecombe, who became Governor of 
the State by virtue of his office as President of the Senate. 

11. Colonel John F. Hoke, of Lincoln, was succeeded as 
Adjutant General by James G. Martin, of Pasquotank, late a 
Major in the army of the United States. The forts, Macon 
and Caswell, were seized, as was also the Federal arsenal at 
Fayetteville ; and, in this way, fifty-seven thousand stand of 
small fire-arms and a considerable store of cannon and ammu- 
nition were secured. 

12. After many years of peace and prosperity, the people 
of North Carolina were once again to exhibit their devotion 
to what they believed it was their duty to uphold. In the 
first Revolution they had contributed twenty-two thousand 

all acts and parts of acts of the General Assembly ratifying and adopting 
amendments to the said Constitution, are hereby repealed, rescinded and 

" We do further declare and ordain, That the Union now subsisting between 
the State of North Carolina and the other States, under the title of 'The 
United States of America,' is hereby dissolved, and that the State of North 
Carolina is in full possession and exercise of all those rights of sovereignty 
which belong and appertain to a free and independent State." 


nine hundred and ten men to the defence of the United colo- 
nies; in this second upheaval more than twelve myriads 
crowded to the fray, and grew famous on more than a hundred 
fields for their patient valor and loyal obedience to North 
Carolina and the Confederate States. 


1. What political changes were seen in North Carolina at this time? 

2. How was the Presidential contest of 1861 viewed ? 

3. What was the issue in the contest? Who were the candidates, and 
what were their platforms? 

4. To whom were most of the Southern people giving support ? How 
did they view the probable election of Abraham Lincoln? 

5. Who was elected? What did some of the Southern States intend to 
do? What was North Carolina's position? 

6. What occurred before the inauguration of Mr. Lincoln? 

7. What hastened the secession of North Carolina? What did Gov- 
ernor Ellis ask of the General Assembly? 

8. When did North Carolina leave the Union? What is said of the 

9. What had been the hope of many of our people? How was the news 
of secession received? 

10. What occurred on June 9th? Who succeeded Governor Ellis? 

11. What seizures were made by North Carolina authorities? 

12. What are the thoughts upon this period? 




A. D, 1861. 

No people ever occupied a more painful or embarrassing 
position than the North Carolinians of 1861. They loved 
the Union of States that had been in part constructed by the 
heroism and wisdom of their own fathers. They well knew 
its value to themselves, also the danger incurred in the attempt 
to absolve themselves from further Federal connections. But 
they said that, as they had entered the Union by action of 
a convention of their own people, they would now leave it in 
the same manner, sooner than aid in the subjugation of their 
friends of the seceded States. 

2. Even before the memorable 20th day of May, 1861, 
when the secession ordinance was passed, troops were volun- 
teering and being received by Governor Ellis from many por- 
tions of the State. The first ten companies were embodied in 
a regiment, of which Major Daniel H. Hill was elected Colo- 
nel by the commissioned officers. They were at once sent to 
Yorktown, in Virginia. 

3. On June 9th, General Benjamin F. Butler, who was in 
command of the United States forces at Fortress Monroe, in 
Virginia, sent a column of troops up the Peninsula for the 
purpose of ascertaining the possibility of reaching Richmond, 
which city had recently become the Capital of the Southern 
Confederacy. Early the next morning the Federal advance 
became confused in the darkness and two of their regiments 
fired upon each other. 


4. At Big Bethel, on the 10th, they found the regiment of 
Colonel Hill, supporting a battery of the Richmond Howitzers. 
There were also present two infantry and three cavalry com- 
panies belonging to Virginia. This force was assailed by the 
Federal army, but the attaek was repelled and the assailants 
retired in disorder to Old Point Comfort. Only one Confed- 
erate soldier was killed in the action, and that was private 
Henry Wyatt, of Edgecombe county. He belonged to Cap- 
tain J. L. Bridgers' company, and was the first Southern soldier 
slain in the war between the States. 

5. The whole affair was insignificant, both as to the num- 
bers engaged and the results achieved, but was hailed as a 
happy omen by the South. North Carolina, with all her 
deliberation in taking part in the struggle, was thus to afford 
the first martyr of the South, and was present with her troops 
to arrest the first Federal invasion of Southern soil. 

6. In the early days of July occurred a much greater and 
more serious conflict. This was at Manassas, or Bull Run, 
also in Virginia. Another Federal army, commanded by 
General Irvin McDowell, and numbering more than forty 
thousand men, left Washington with orders to attack the Con- 
federates under General G. T. Beauregard (Bo'reh-gard.) 
The Fifth, Sixth and Twenty-first Regiments of North Caro- 
lina were the only troops of the State present, but they gal- 
lantly aided in the Federal defeat. 

7. Colonel Charles F. Fisher was especially valuable in the 
aid he rendered in restoring a ditched train to the track, and 
thus making possible the approach of the re-inforcements 
under General E. Kirby Smith, which so speedily resulted in 
the flight of General McDowell's army. It is mournful to 
add, that, after performing this signal service, Colonel Fisher 
was slain in the battle. 


8. This memorable engagement proved but little except the 
desperate valor to be found in raw levies of troops from the 
South. The generalship on both sides was feeble, and while 
the victory filled the whole Confederacy with the wildest exul- 
tation, the baffled and gloomy men of the North only the 
more sternly resolved to effect by numbers and wealth what 
was wanting to crush their daring and exultant foemen. 

9. It had been hoped by Mr. Lincoln and his advisers that 
all Southern opposition would be overcome in ninety days, but 
at Bull Run they were convinced that only by a great and 
prolonged struggle were such adversaries to be subdued. The 
short periods of enlistment were abandoned by both sides, and 
the winter was spent in preparation for a gigantic struggle in 
the spring. 

10. It was early seen in North Carolina that fortifications 
were necessary at Hatteras for the defence of the many broad 
waters covering so large a portion of the Eastern counties. A 
small sand-work, known as Fort Hatteras, with an outlying 
flank defence, called Battery Clark, was the only reliance for 
the protection of Albemarle and Pamlico (Pam'li-co) Sounds. 

11. Before these weak defences a large Federal fleet 
appeared on August 27th, 1861, and by means of its superior 
armament, lay securely beyond the range of the guns mounted 
in Fort Hatteras, while pouring in a tremendous discharge of 
shot and shell. The Federals, having effected a landing on 
the beach, and most of the cannon being dismounted in the 
fort, it was thought best by Colonel W. F. Martin, on the 
29th, to surrender the fort. 

12. Therefore, in two days' operations the whole tier of 
Eastern counties was laid bare to the incursions of Federal 
troops and cruisers. There was great sorrow for the captured 


garrison, and general alarm and uneasiness; but the spirit of 
resistance was undaunted, and troops continued volunteering 
by thousands to defend the cause which North Carolina had 
made her own. 


1. What is the subject of this lesson? How did the North Carolinians 
consider their departure from the Union? 

2. What preparations for war were made by the State, even before seces- 
sion ? Who commanded the First Regiment? 

3. Relate General Butler's exploit. 

4. Give an account of the battle of Big Bethel. What Confederate 
soldier was slain? 

5. What is said of this event? 

6. Where were North Carolina troops next engaged in battle? 

7. What signal aid was rendered by Colonel Charles F. Fisher? 

8. What were the effects of this victory? 

9. What did Mr. Lincoln learn from these battles? 

10. At what point on the North Carolina coast were fortifications spe 
cially needed? 

11. Describe the Federal attack on Fort Hatteras. Point out Hatteras 
on the map. 

12. What was the result of the fall of Hatteras? 




A, D. 1862. 

1862. The most noted trait in the people of North Caro- 
lina has ever been their magnanimous devotion to obligations 
assumed in regard to other communities. In the war of the 
first Revolution, as again in 1812, the State was nearly always 
left with a small proportion of her own levies to defend the 
home of their birth. When the spring opened in 1862, 
though fully forty thousand men of the State were under 
arms, they were to be found in Virginia and South Carolina, 
except a small force left at Wilmington and Roanoke Island. 

2. At the latter point was the only hope of defence for 
Albemarle Sound and the many rivers flowing therein. To 
defend it, General Henry A. Wise was sent with a small force 
to be added to the Eighth and Thirty-first Regiments of 
North Carolina Volunteers. He was sick, on February 7th, 
1862, when General Burnside, with a great fleet and fifteen 
thousand Federal troops, sailed up Croatan Sound and began 
the attack. 

3. Colonel Henry M. Shaw, of the Eighth North Carolina 
Regiment, was in command, and made a gallant but unavailing 
defence. The Federals landed and moved up the island in 
the rear of the forts which had been constructed to prevent 
the passage of vessels to the west of the defences. The only 
recourse left was to abandon the lower batteries and concen- 
trate the Southern troops at a point near the centre of Roan- 
oke Island. 


4. It was hoped that morasses, indenting both shores and 
leaving a narrow isthmus, would enable the small Confederate 
force to defend that position ; but the bravery and enterprise 
of the men in blue enabled them to turn both Hanks, and 
nothing was left Colonel Shaw and his command but to fall 
back to the northern end of the island and there lay down 
their arms. 

5. The battle had been bravely fought for two days, and 
the two thousand Confederate prisoners and their gallant 
leader became captives after inflicting heavy loss upon the 
assailants. The place was untenable against superior naval 
appliances, and quite men enough were sacrificed in view of 
the impossibility of preventing its isolation by Federal fleets. 

6. Very different were the defensive capacities of the city 
of New Bern. It was immediately foreseen that this impor- 
tant place would be next assailed, and with enough troops it 
would have been any easy feat to have held it indefinitely. 
The Confederate authorities again left its defence to General 
L. O'B. Branch, who had no experience in military affairs; 
and in his command was not a single regiment that had been 
under fire. On March 14th, General Burnside, with the 
army and fleet so lately the victors at Roanoke, moved to 
attack the forts which had been constructed just below the 
junction of Neuse and Trent Rivers. 

7. General Branch had in his command the Seventh, 
Twenty-sixth, Twenty-seventh^ Thirty-third and Thirty-fifth 
North Carolina Regiments, a portion of the Nineteenth (cav- 
alry) with Brem's and Latham's light batteries and a small 
force of militia. These were disposed along a line stretching 
from Fort Thompson, on Neuse River, across the railroad to 



an impassable swamp, which afforded abundant protection to 
his left flank. 

8. The battle began at seven o'clock in the morning and 
raged until noon. The Federal attacks were repeatedly 
repelled until, by the fatal flight of the militia in the centre, 
the Confederate lines were broken and a precipitate retreat 
ensued. General Branch lost two hundred prisoners and 
seventy men killed and wounded; and, besides these, all his 
guns and stores. He had been beaten in this, his first battle, 
but he was soon to wipe out all imputations by his bravery 
and success in subsequent actions. He met, in a few days at 
Kinston, re-inforcements that would have enabled him to hold 
his ground at New Bern ; but, alas, like many other earthly 
succors, they came too late for real benefit. 

9. The fall of New Bern sealed the fate of the Confed- 
erate forces at Fort Macon. Colonel M. I. White, with five 
companies of the Tenth Regiment (artillery) endured the 
Federal bombardment until the work was in danger of being 
blown up. He surrendered the fort on April 26th, 1862. 
These disasters at home were disheartening in the extreme, 
but the only visible effect upon the people at large was to 
increase the numbers of those who were still volunteering by 
thousands to defend North Carolina and the Confederate 

10. At Williamsburg, in Virginia, occurred the first memor- 
able conflict of the year between the two great armies strug- 
gling on the soil of the Old Dominion. In this conflict the 
charge of the Fifth North Carolina Regiment, under Colonel 
D. K. MacRae, excited the admiration and sympathy of all the 
South. It foreshadowed the bravery and obedience of the 
great host of soldiers North Carolina had sent to the field, 
from which so many were destined never to return. 


11. In the bloody and glorious campaign in the Shennan- 
doah (Shen'an-do'ah) Valley, General T. J. Jackson had 
grown immortal before the coming of midsummer. The 
gallantry of the Twenty-first North Carolina Regiment at 
Winchester, like that of the Fourth at Seven Pines, was as 
conspicuous as bloody. In this latter battle, where so many 
other men of the State were slain, the Fourth Regiment, under 
Colonel George B. Anderson, lost four hundred and sixty-two 
men out of five hundred and twenty. 

12. In the last days of June, nearly all of the North Caro- 
lina regiments were concentrated at Richmond, under the com- 
mand of General Robert E. Lee. In the week of battle 
which ended in the overthrow of the great investing army of 
General McClellan, they lost thousands of their bravest and 
best. Ninety-two regiments constituted the divisions of Jack- 
son, Longstreet, D. H. Hill and A. P. Hill. These were the 
forces that drove the Federals to their ships; and forty -six 
of these regiments belonged to North Carolina. It may be 
safely asserted that more than half the men actively engaged 
and disabled during that terrible week, were citizens of this 
same ancient and devoted Commonwealth.* 

*My authority for the foregoing statement as to the forces engaged in 
the seven days of battle before Richmond, is the speech of Governor 
Vance, delivered at White Sulphur Springs. He there made the same 
statement, which has never been called into question. 


1. What is said of North Carolina's forces in the wars? 

2. What force was sent to defend Albemarle Sound ? 

3. Can you tell of Burnside's attack ? 

4. What was the conclusion of the engagement? 

5. What is said of this battle? 


6. To what point was attention next directed? What officer was in 
command? When was the Federal attack made? 

7. What composed General Branch's command? 

8. Describe the battle. 

9. What is said of the fall of Newbern? What fort was next surren- 
dered ? Where is Fort Macon ? 

10. What is said of the gallant charge of the Fifth Regiment at Wil- 

11. What regiments are specially mentioned as participants at Win- 
chester and Seven Pines? 

12. What is said of the events at this period. 




A. D. 1862. 

Amid the exultation that tilled the hearts of the people of 
North Carolina for the victories around Richmond there was 
yet grief in many families for heroes fallen in the discharge 
of duty. Colonels Stokes, Meares, Campbell and C. C. Lee, 
like a great host of their compatriots, were gone to come no 
more. It seemed that the superior numbers and resources of 
the United States forces were to prove powerless before the 
fiery onsets of the Confederate troops. 

2. In the month of August, 1862, Zebulon B. Vance, of 
Buncombe, then Colonel of the Twenty-sixth regiment, was 
chosen Governor of North Carolina over William Johnston, 
of Charlotte, who had been of late Commissary General of the 
State. By an ordinance of the Convention, Colonel Vance 
entered upon his duties as Chief Magistrate on September 8th, 
1862. He was to evince great zeal in the discharge of his 
official duties. 

3. The Convention which passed the Ordinance of Secession 
was presided over by the venerable Weldon N. Edwards, of 
Warren. This body continued its sessions for a long time 
after the necessity for its presence had passed. They had 
elected members of Congress and done many things beyond 
what was expected of them, before they adjourned finally and 
went back to their private stations. 

4. The battles fought in the first Maryland campaign 
resulted in great losses among the North Carolina regiments. 
Generals Branch and Anderson both lost their lives at Sharps- 


burg and left grief in many hearts for their untimely end. 
Colonel C. C. Tew also fell in the same great battle, and 
increased the grief of his people at the loss by the mystery of 
his fate. He disappeared amid the storm of conflict, but 
exactly how and when, was never known. 

5. In North Carolina there had been comparative quiet 
through the spring and summer months. Federal garrisons 
at Plymouth and New Bern were observed by small bodies of 
Confederates, but no fighting occurred except in Plymouth, 
which town was taken and held for a few hours by Colonel 
Martin, with the Seventeenth Regiment, and then abandoned 
because of the Federal gun-boats. 

6. On Blackwater River, just below Franklin, in Virginia, 
there was a gallant conflict of a few cavalrymen under Lieu- 
tenant Thomas Ruffin, of the Fourth Cavalry, and a Federal 
double-ender. The invaders were all driven from deck and 
the ship lay at the mercy of the assailants until her consorts 
came up the stream from below and shelled the victors from 
their prey. 

7. Simultaneously with the attack of General Burnside upon 
the army of General Lee at Fredericksburg, on December 
13th, 1862, the South Carolina brigade of General Evans, 
then stationed at Kinston, North Carolina, was surprised to 
see a few mounted Federal soldiers make an attack upon the 
position then held by them. The Federals were driven back 
and pursued in the direction of New Bern. Suddenly the 
South Carolinians found themselves confronted by more than 
twenty thousand foes. 

8. In the speedy retreat that ensued, General Evans was 
unable to burn the bridge across the river, and effected his 
escape with some loss. He was, the next day, re-inforced and 


awaited General Foster's approach on the road leading; to 
Goldsboro. But the Federals were seeking to intervene 
between that place and the one occupied by Evans. All of 
Tuesday morning (December 16th) the masses of the Union 
troops were seeking to cross Neuse River at White Hall, but 
they were bravely met there by General Beverly H. Robin- 
son, who, with the Eleventh, Thirty-first, Fifty-ninth and 
Sixty-third Regiments and Battery B, Third North Carolina 
Battalion, withstood all their attacks and inflicted severe loss 
upon the baffled invaders. The contest lasted for eight hours, 
and consisted of General Foster's efforts to drive off the Con- 
federates so that pontoons could be laid for a bridge across the 
stream in place of the one burned the night before. 

9. Failing to cross Neuse River at White Hall, General 
Foster marched in the evening for Goldsboro, and, having 
reached the bridge of the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad, 
succeeded in burning it, in spite of the gallant efforts of Gen- 
eral Clingman and his brigade to prevent such a purpose. 
Perhaps no military strategy was ever feebler than that seen 
in the affair here referred to. Thousands of Confederate 
troops were left idle in Goldsboro, two miles away, and Gen- 
eral Evans had only Clingman's Brigade and a portion of his 
own to confront the invaders. 

10. General Foster retired in great precipitation to New 
Bern, and the burned bridge was his only trophy in an expe- 
dition which seemed so threatening at its inception. 

11. The year closed with many things to disturb the out- 
look of those who were struggling for the Southern cause in 
North Carolina. General Lee had won a great name in Vir- 
ginia, and the army he commanded had become immortal for 
its valor; but his victories were not followed by such advan- 


tages as could have been expected, and in North Carolina such 
lodgments had been made that little hope remained of expell- 
ing the Federal forces. 

12. These countrymen and former friends were in a des- 
perate struggle for victory in their opposing schemes. The 
United States government protested that it was not waging 
a war to interfere with slavery or any other institutions of the 
States, but that its only aim was to restore the Union. 
Alas, how much blood and tears were to be expended before 
the carnival of death should reach a conclusion ! 


1. What was the feeling concerning the victories around Richmond? 

2. Who was chosen Governor in 1862? 

3. What was some of the work of the Convention of 1861 ? 

4. What losses had North Carolina sustained in the battle of Sharps- 
burg ? 

5. What was the state of affairs in North Carolina during the spring 
and summer of 1862? 

(>. Describe the engagement on Blackwater River? 

7. Can you tell of the surprise at Kinston ? 

8. What was the further result of this affair? 

i). What is said of the conclusion of this matter ? 

10. Where did General Foster go ? 

11. What is said of the events of this year ? 

12. What did the United States government say was its object in the 


CHAPTER L 1 1 . 

A. D, 1863. 

1863. When the year 1863 had come upon the American 
States in their bloody and wasting quarrel, there was nothing 
to indicate any solution of the great controversy. Many 
bloody battles had been fought, thousands of homes were 
saddened in the loss of brave and true men, and yet both 
sides were as intent as ever upon carrying on indefinitely the 
terrible and costly struggle. A government that had been 
formed by the voluntary agreement of the States had thus 
become a bone of contention between the hostile sections. 

2. Mr. Lincoln, and the government at Washington, said 
there should be no peace until the seceded States returned to 
their allegiance. Mr. Davis, and the government at Rich- 
mond, said, on the other hand, that the Confederate States 
were, of right, free and independent Commonwealths that had 
rightfully resumed their delegated powers, and no further con- 
nection would be had with the States from which they had 

3. It was hoped that England and France would recognize 
the independence of the Confederate States; but beyond 
extending to the Southern government the rights of bellig- 
erents, this trust proved utterly fallacious. Confederate agents 
were received and armed vessels allowed to enter their ports, 
but no aid was extended to the Southern cause. The arrest 
of the Confederate Commissioners, Messrs. Mason and Slidell, 
on a British mail steamer by a United States war vessel, was 



resented and war seemed probable; but these Southern envoys 
were released, and no aid came from abroad but in the ships 
that were bought of private persons for the purpose of cruising 
against vessels belonging to citizens of the United States. 

4. Among the earliest measures adopted by the Federal 
government was the blockade of Southern sea-ports. Wil- 
mington, Charleston, Savannah, Mobile and Galveston were 
all watched by armed ships that sought to exclude the vessels 
of all countries from entering these harbors. Cruisers swarmed 
along the whole Southern coast, and it became a matter of 
great peril and difficulty to send out and get any commodity 
by way of the ocean. 

5. This soon led to a scarcity of salt, sugar, coffee, molasses 
and everything which had been formerly imported from 
Europe or bought of Northern merchants. Prices continually 
advanced as such things become more scarce in the South. 
Wilmington is so situated that an effective blockade there 
was almost impossible. There were two inlets, arid, there- 
fore, two blockade fleets were necessary, and even with this 
added difficulty, the blockading squadron could not prevent, 
on dark nights, the passage of swift steamers that swept in 
and out of the Cape Fear River and brought from Nassau and 
Bermuda what was most needed for the armies and people. 

6. Soon after his inauguration, Governor Vance, at General 
Martin's suggestion, sent Colonel Thomas M. Crossan to 
England for the purpose of procuring a ship to supply the 
wants of North Carolina. Crossan had been a naval officer 
in the service of the United States, and had judgment enough 
in such matters to select one of the swiftest ships in the 
world. It was called the Lord Clyde abroad, but that name 
was changed to Ad- Vance, and the vessel made many successful 
voyages before she was captured. 


7. In this way much of the arms and clothing was pro- 
cured for North Carolina troops, and, besides this, cotton and 
woolen cards and many other necessities were brought in and 
distributed to the different sections of the State. Salt was 
the most important of all the domestic supplies excluded by 
the blockade. To procure this indispensable article, private 
factories on the sea-coast were supplemented by others under 
State management; but these proved insufficient to meet popu- 
lar wants, and arrangements were made to procure additional 
supplies from the salt w T ells of south-western Virginia. 

8. It was early foreseen that in so great a struggle enorm- 
ous expenditures would become necessary; and, to meet such 
liabilities, it would be necessary for the Confederacy and the 
individual States to use their credit in procuring supplies on 
the faith of future payments. Many millions of dollars 
were to be expended and only Confederate and State obliga- 
tions would be available to meet such purchases. 

9. Unhappily the great supply of cotton then in the South 
was overlooked by the authorities, and thus a solid basis of 
credit was lost. Had all the cotton been seized by the'gov- 
ernment perhaps the depreciation of its funds would have 
been averted. As it was, in 1863 both Confederate and State 
money began to depreciate in value, and this declension once 
having begun, had no arrest in its downward tendency. 

10. Almost all the white men of North Carolina were in 
the ranks of the different regiments and battalions mustered 
into the Confederate service. Their families were largely 
dependent upon the pay they received as soldiers. When the 
Confederate money became worthless want and suffering 
appeared in every section, and unhappy wives were clamor- 
ous for their husbands' return to avert starvation at home. 


11. This was the rock upon which Southern hopes were to 
be wrecked. The suffering families were ever in the minds 
of the dauntless men who were away facing the enemy. A 
direr foe was thinning the blood and blanching the cheeks of 
wife and child. Therefore, many a hero turned his back on 
the scenes of his glory and incurred personal ignominy, and 
sometimes the punishment of death, for desertion. 

12. The case of Edward Cooper was in point. He was 

tried by court-martial for desertion. He declined the aid of 

a lawyer to defend him, and, as his only defence, handed the 

presiding judge of the court the following letter which he had 

received from his wife: 

"My Dear Edward: — I have always been proud of you, and since your 
connection with the Confederate army I have been prouder of you than 
ever before. I would not have you do anything wrong for the world, but 
before God, Edward, unless you come home, we must die. Last night I 
was aroused by little Eddie's crying. I called and said, " What is the 
matter, Eddie?" And he said, "O mama, I am so hungry." And Lucy, 
Edward, your darling Lucy, she never complains, but she is growing thin- 
ner and thinner every day. And before God, Edward, unless you come 
home,, we must die. Your Mary." 

13. General Cullen Battle, and his associate members of 
the court, were melted to tears. Although the prisoner had 
voluntarily returned to his command, they found him guilty 
and sentenced him to death, but recommended mercy. Gen- 
eral Lee, in reviewing the case, approved the finding but par- 
doned the unhappy artilleryman, who was afterwards seen by 
General Battle, standing pale and bloody, as he fired his last 
round into the retreating Federals. He then fell dead on his 

post in battle. 


1. What was the condition of the war in 1863? 

2. What positions were taken by Presidents Lincoln and Davis? 


3. From what countries had the South expected aid ? What is said of 
Mason and Slideil? 

4. What Southern cities were blockaded? What was the effect of this 

5. What is said of the port of Wilmington? 

6. How did Governor Vance supply the wants of the people? What 
is said of the Ad-Vance? 

7. What supplies were brought in by the Ad-Vance f How was salt 

8. How did the Confederate government propose to obtain funds for 
carrying on the war? 

9. What was the cause of the great depreciation in the value of money ? 

10. How were the soldiers' families suffering? 

11. What is said of the terrible struggle of the women and children ? 

12. Can you mention the case of Edward Cooper? 

13. What was the verdict of the court-marshal? What was the ending 
of this sad case? 




A. D. 1863. 

In spite of the great Federal successes in acquiring terri- 
tory in North Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi and elsewhere, 
and, notwithstanding the increasing hardships detailed in the 
preceding chapter, the government and people of the Confed- 
erate States were still undismayed and hopeful when the spring 
of 1863 permitted the vast armies of the United States to 
resume active military operations. No thought of submission 
was entertained by the Confederate soldiers, and, among the 
people at home only in rare instances were individuals to be 
found who expressed hopelessness as to the result of the war. 

2. In North Carolina a period of inactivity succeeded the 
raid by General Foster, which was only broken by the unsuc- 
cessful attack on the town of Washington. General W. H. 
C. Whiting, who had made reputation as a division com- 
mander in the Army of Northern Virginia, was sent to assume 
charge of the Department of Cape Fear, with his headquarters 
in Wilmington. This city had been fearfully ravaged by yel- 
low fever in the fall of 1862, and had now become all-impor- 
tant to the Confederacy as a port. Other Southern sea-ports 
were almost totally closed by blockade, and only to the Cape 
Fear was there left a hope of success. 

3. Generals Braxton Bragg, D. H. Hill, Leonidas Polk, and 
Benjamin McCulloh, had all risen to prominent commands, 
and conferred honor by their connection with the Old North 
State. Among the younger officers, Generals Pender, Gaston 


Lewis, Hoke, Pettigrew and Ramseur, had all won distin- 
guished notice and promotion for gallant and meritorious 

4. Many thousands had been enrolled in the sixty-six regi- 
ments and ten battalions of North Carolina mustered in the 
Confederate service, and, though mourning was in many house- 
holds, recruits were constantly going to fill the gaps occasioned 
by deaths on the field and in the hospitals. Dr. Charles E. 
Johnson had been succeeded as Surgeon General of the State, 
by Dr. Edward Warren. Drs. E. Burke Haywood, Peter E. 
Hines, W. C. Warren, and others of the leading physicians, 
were placed in charge of great hospitals at Raleigh and other 
cities in the State. North Carolina sustained a similar insti- 
tution at Petersburg, in Virginia. Of the latter, the excellent 
lady, Miss Mary Pettigrew, a sister of the general of the 
same name, became matron ; and, like another Florence Night- 
ingale, cheered the sick and dying with her elegant presence. 

5. General Burnside lost his place by his disaster at Fred- 
ericksburg, and was followed in command of the Army of the 
Potomac, by General Joseph Hooker. This gallant com- 
mander was as signally beaten at Chancellorsville, on May 2d 
and 3d. No battle of any age conferred greater honor upon 
the victors; but in the loss of Stonewall Jackson the South 
was deprived of a leader whose place could not be supplied. 
North Carolina was never more gloriously vindicated than on 
this famous field, and ex-Governor Graham, who was then in 
Richmond, said, a few days afterwards, in the Confederate 
States Senate, that half the men killed and wounded at Chan- 
cellorsville belonged to North Carolina regiments. 

6. So astonishing was the result of this battle, and so crush- 
ing its effects upon the Federal authorities, that General Lee 


again resolved upon an invasion of the North. At Gettys- 
burg, in the first three days of July, 1863, he realized how 
fatally he had been mistaken in such a movement. On the 
last dread day, the 3d of July, he discovered that even his 
incomparable infantry could not accomplish everything he 

7. In the vast numbers engaged, and the great intervals 
filled by his command, there was no such unity of movement 
between his different corps as was necessary to meet the great 
advantages of position enjoyed by the greatly superior Federal 
force under General Meade ; and thus the deadly assault failed, 
and half of the Confederates were lost in the battle. 

8. Thirty thousand of the bravest and best, who had so 
long made the Army of Northern Virginia unconquerable, 
were lost to our cause forever. Among the North Carolinians, 
Generals Pender and Pettigrew, Colonels Burgwinn, Marshall, 
and Isaac E. Avery, were slain, and a host of subalterns like- 
wise perished. It was the turning point in the war, and from 
this bloody field of Gettysburg the star of Southern fortunes 
gradually paled into the final disaster of Appomattox. 

9. Many gallant struggles were yet to be made. On dif- 
ferent fields the great forces of the Union were to be bravely 
repelled, but the ranks of General Lee's army were so much 
thinned that it became daily more impossible to confront the 
increasing horde that gathered against it from all civilized 
nations. The great disaster at Vicksburg, occurring on the 
same day as the defeat at Gettysburg, at last gave token that 
in Southern exhaustion would, ere long, come an end of blood- 

10. Governor Vance, and his people of North Carolina, 
sorrowfully surveyed the situation in the fall of 1863. He, 


and a majority of his State, had been slow to assume a position 
of opposition to the Federal government ; but they were 
entirely devoted to the cause which they had espoused, and, 
with sympathizing hearts, addressed themselves to the task of 
recruiting the shattered ranks of the regiments with General 

11. During the month of June, Colonel Spear's cavalry raid 
in Hertford and Northampton counties was driven back by 
General M. W. Ransom, and, beyond this, there were no 
movements of a hostile character in the State limits during 
the year. 

12. In the steady depreciation of Confederate and State 
money was the greatest calamity of all. The cry of distress 
from famishing women and children was increasing in volume, 
and the State and county authorities were finding it more and 
more impossible to meet, by public charity, the pressing wants 
of the people. 

Note. — "The financial system of the Confederate government was singu- 
larly simple. It consisted chiefly in the issue of treasury notes enough to 
meet all the expenses of the government, and, in the present advanced state 
of the art of printing, there was one difficulty incident to this process, 
namely: the impossibility of having the notes signed in the Treasury 
Department as fast as they were needed. There happened, however, to be 
several thousand young ladies in Richmond willing to accept light and 
remunerative employment at their homes, and as it was really a matter of 
small moment whose names the notes bore, they were given out in sheets 
to these young ladies' who signed and returned them for a consideration." 

The pay of Confederate soldiers in the ranks was $15 and $17 per 
month, in " Confederate money." During the latter days of the war, flour 
sold for $800 per barrel; meat $3 per pound; chickens $15 each; shoes 
(brogans) $300 per pair; coffee $50 per pound; tallow candles $15 per 
pound. It may be easily imagined how great was the suffering in the 
South when remembered that numbers of soldiers' wives were almost 
entirely dependent upon the pay of their husbands for support. 




1. In what condition was the South in 1863 ? 

2. How was the port of Wilmington specially important to the Con- 
federacy? Who was in command at this place? 

3. What North Carolinians are mentioned as having risen to promi- 
nence ? 

4. How many regiments had the State furnished to this time? What 
doctors had charge of the hospitals? What noble woman is mentioned, 
and what is said of her? 

5. What fierce battle was fought on May 2d and 3d? What did Gov- 
ernor Graham say of the North Carolina troops at Chancellorsville ? 

6. Upon what did General Lee resolve after the victory ? Can you 
tell something of the battle of Gettysburg ? 

7. What was the terrible result of this battle ? 

8. How many Southern soldiers were lost on this occasion ? What 
North Carolinians are named among the slain ? What was the effect of 
this battle upon the South ? 

0. What is said of Lee's army ? 

10. How did Governor Vance and his people view the situation ? 

11. What raid was driven back by Genaral Ransom? 

12. What was the condition of the people at this period ? 




A. D. 1864. 

1864. The fourth year of the great war opened on 
North Carolina with grief in almost every family; still, 
with diminished hopes and increased exertions for the 
general defence, they looked forward to a campaign which 
they well understood was to be decisive in their fortunes. 
Perhaps, not even General Washington was so trusted and 
beloved by the American people in the Revolution, as was 
General Robert E. Lee by those of the South in the closing 
years of the struggle. 

2. In his genius and capacity they felt sure they had the 
very highest human leadership, and in his splendid career 
and spotless renown they all took pride as conferring reflected 
credit upon themselves. So noble, unselfish and wise; he had 
become the idol of his own people and the admiration of his 
foes. At the outbreak of the war he had declined the com- 
mand of the Federal armies, because he believed it was his 
duty to defend his own people, and the sublimity of his 
sacrifice may be understood when it is well known now that 
to his intimate friends he expressed his conviction in the 
beginning of the struggle, that it would be impossible for 
the South to withstand for any considerable time the superior 
numbers and resources of the United States. 

3. Ex-Governor Thomas Bragg had been for some time in 
the cabinet of President Davis, as Attorney-General. For 
some cause he resigned the position and was no more in pub- 


lie life. Since 1854, when he had left the Bar to become the 
Governor of North Carolina, he had been continually grow- 
ing in the public favor, and now returned to the leadership 
of his profession. No lawyer in our annals has been more 
respected or successful. In the Confederate States Senate the 
polished and eloquent George Davis, of Wilmington, and 
W. W. Avery, of Burke, had served, until the latter, was 
succeeded, in 1862, by W. T. Dortch, of Wayne; and, a 
year later, Mr. Davis was followed by ex-Governor Graham. 

4. Governor Vance had appointed Lieutenant-Colonel D. 
G. Fowle, late of the Thirty-second North Carolina Infantry, 
Adjutant-General to succeed General Gatlin, and, in the 
superior clothing and equipments of the North Carolina 
troops were the wisdom and activity of the State government 
manifested. Not only were the necessities of our own 
soldiers supplied, but large aid was extended to the Confed- 
erate government in this respect. 

5. In the midst of the great struggle there was, of course, 
a great dimunition of attention to matters of education. 
Governor Swain, with a remnant of the former faculty, re- 
mained at Chapel Hill, where a few boys, too young for service, 
yet retained the name and semblance of the University. The 
sectarian colleges, male and female, were nearly all closed, 
and even in the common schools there was small interest 
manifested amid the blood and excitement of the time. 

6. Many of the ablest ministers of the gospel left their 
churches and were faithful chaplains in the army. Great 
religious interest w r as awakened by them among the men who 
were so bravely battling in Virginia, and many thousands 
were converted and added to the churches during the revivals 
in the camps. 


7. The capture of Plymouth, in Washington county, on 
April 20th, 1864, was one of the most brilliant and success- 
ful affairs of the war. The youthful and gallant Brigadier- 
General R. F. Hoke was sent by General Lee in command 
of a division, with which he surrounded the strong fortifica- 
tions and took them by assault, capturing more than three 
thousand prisoners. The help of the iron-clad Albermarle 
was very efficacious on this occasion, and her combat at the 
mouth of Roanoke River, a few days later, was one of the 
most stubborn naval engagements on record. Single-handed, 
Captain Cook fought and defeated a strong fleet of double- 
enders and drove them routed from the scene. This expedi- 
tion of General Hoke secured his promotion, and was in 
marked contrast with that of General Pickett against New 
Bern a few weeks before; the only incident of which, 
creditable to the Confederates, was General Martin's well- 
fought battle at Shepardville. 

8. When the spring opened, tidings came from the Wilder- 
ness of fresh battles in that region which had been made 
famous the year before. General U. S. Grant had been made 
commander-in-chief of all the Federal armies, and had come 
to assume the direction of affairs in Virginia. With the vast 
numbers at his command, he resolved upon such strategy as 
fell with fearful results upon his army, but it weakened 
the reduced ranks of the Confederates at the same time. 
Although he lost more men in his march from the Rapidan 
to the James River than General Lee had confronting him, 
still, fresh thousands poured in to fill the places of those who 
had fallen at the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor and 
the minor combats. 


9. In this fearful campaign, which was not ended even 
when General Grant began the siege of Petersburg, the North 
Carolina regiments were fearfully reduced. Generals Ram- 
seur, Daniel and Godwin, together with Colonels Andrews, 
Garrett, Brabble, Wood, Spear, Black nail, C. M. Avery, 
Jones, Barbour and Moore were among those who had sealed 
their faith with their blood. 

10. No battle of the war was more brilliant in its particu- 
lars and results than that of Reams' Station, fought on Au- 
gust 24th, 1864. General W. S. Hancock, of the Federal 
army, had seized and fortified a position from which General 
Lee ordered Lieutenant-General A. P. Hill to dislodge him. 
So stern was Hancock's resistance that two bloody assaults 
had been repelled, when the privates of Cooke's, MacRae's 
and Lane's North Carolina brigades demanded to be again 
led to the attack. Their officers complied ; and, with seven- 
teen hundred and fifty muskets in the charge, they took the 
works and captured twenty-one hundred prisoners and thir- 
teen pieces of artillery. 

11. The siege of Petersburg went on, and the sad news of 
General Early's defeats in the valley came ever and anon to 
add fresh sorrow and despair to the South; but with a blind 
and desperate disregard of the situation, no hand was lifted to 
stay the slaughter or make terms amid so many combatants. 
President Davis said that he would make no overtures be- 
cause the government of the United States took no recogni- 
tion of him; and General Lee did not because it was neither 
proper nor possible in him; and so, amid the widening ruin, 
the South waded still deeper into the crimson flood. 

12. And thus it is with every human quarrel. Pride, 
hatred and vanity are all enlisted to prevent the concessions 


that lead to peace, and often, when both sides are eager to 
rest, the tide of death and destruction still rolls on. 


1. What year of the war have we now readied ? What is said of 
North Carolina's hopes? 

2. What tribute is paid to General Robert E. Lee ? 

3. What is said of ex-Governor Bragg? What changes were made in 
the Confederate States Senate ? 

4. Who was appointed Adjutant-General of North Carolina? In 
what efficient manner did the government of North Carolina serve the 
people ? 

5. What is said of educational matters at this period ? 

6. How were the ministers of the gospel faithfully performing their 

7. Can you describe the capture of Plymouth by General R. F. Hoke's 
command ? 

8. Where was the principal fighting in the spring of 1864 ? What 
is said of Grant's campaign ? 

9. What losses had North Carolina sustained in this campaign? 

10. Describe the battle of Reams' Station ? What North Carolina 
troops captured General Hancock's position ? 

11. What was the general condition of the war ? 

12. What is said of these things? 




A. D, 1864 TO 1865. 

In his first election as Governor of North Carolina, the suc- 
cess of Colonel Vance had been considered a triumph of those 
who were known as "Union men " in the State during the ear- 
lier portions of the year 1861. In his course as Chief Mag- 
istrate such strenuous support was given to the Confederate 
States that when his term of service approached conclusion, 
and a new election was to be held, a few men who had been 
his warmest friends two years before were found opposing his 
continuance as Governor. 

2. These comprised a small fragment of the people, and 
William W. Holden, of Wake, was their candidate. He was 
the editor of the Standard, a newspaper that had, in years 
past, been extreme in Southern proclivities, but of late Mr. 
Holden had advocated North Carolina's withdrawal from the 
Confederacy and the making of separate terms with the powers 
at Washington. 

3. Governor Vance and most of the people, both in and 
out of the army, opposed this project as dishonorable and un- 
just to their compatriots of other States. They held that 
North Carolina's fortunes were identified with those of other 
Southern communities and that she must share their fate, 
whatever that might be. 

4. The persistence of President Davis, at Richmond, in 
refusing to make any overtures to Mr. Lincoln in order to 
break the force of the coming overthrow, led to secret propo- 


sitions from certain members of the Confederate Congress 
from other States, in which they besought ex-Governor Gra- 
ham to approach Governor Vance on this subject. Governor 
Vance refused to take any part in such a scheme. He was 
re-elected by an overwhelming majority, after a thorough ex- 
position of his views by many addresses both to the people at 
home and the North Carolina soldiers in their camps. 

5. As General Grant, day by day massed fresh thousands 
of troops before Petersburg, and the Confederate resistance 
£rew more feeble in the Shenandoah Valley, the conference 
which took place at Old Point Comfort was arranged to no 
purpose. After a mighty struggle, the South, in utter exhaus- 
tion, was soon to lay down the arms that had been so bravely 
wielded, but no wise and timely arrangement of the difficulty 
was made; and probably it was impossible. 

6. The importance of Wilmington to the waning fortunes 
of the Confederacy had long been evident in the closing of 
other sea-ports by blockade. General Whiting was an able 
and experienced engineer, and his main defence, Fort Fisher, 
on New Inlet, was pronounced by General Beauregard as 
almost impregnable. Forts Caswell and Holmes, at the mouth 
of Cape Fear River, and the numerous works fringing both 
banks of the stream from Wilmington to the ocean, had 
apparently rendered hostile approach from that direction a 
thing almost impossible to any naval expedition. 

7. On December 25th, the same General Butler who had 
been at the capture of Fort Hatteras in 1861, came with an 
army which was borne in a great fleet, commanded by Admiral 
D. D. Porter. This vast armada, carrying six hundred of the 
heaviest cannon modern science has been able to construct, 
opened fire upon Fort Fisher. 

8. The fort was re-inforced by a few companies from other 


portions of General Whiting's command, and later, the divis- 
ion of General Hoke arrived from Petersburg and took posi- 
tion in the intrenched camp at Sugar Loaf, four miles distant 
up the river. General Braxton Bragg had been for some time 
in command of the department and was present on this occa- 

9. All day, on that Christmas Sabbath, a fiery storm of 
shot and shell was rained upon the fort, which answered 
slowly and deliberately from its different batteries. In the 
midst of the bombardment, General Butler landed his army 
on the peninsular above the land-face of the work, but upon 
inspection of its strength, he grew hopeless of his undertaking, 
and, on the night of December 26th, having re-embarked his 
force, the fleet returned to Beaufort. 

1865. 10. There was much joy and relief in this evident 
Federal confirmation of the reported impregnability of the 
great work, and congratulations went around among the Con- 
federates over this defeat of the costly undertaking of the 
invaders. General Bragg withdrew Hoke's Division and all 
the force at Sugar Loaf, except Adam's light battery and the 
cavalry, with the intention of attacking the garrison of New 

11. He was signally interrupted in this undertaking, when, 
on the night of the 12th of January, 1865, Colonel William 
Lamb telegraphed from Fort Fisher that the fleet had returned 
and the troops were disembarking for a renewal of the attack. 
General Bragg hurried Hoke's and all other available com- 
mands back to the rescue, but found the Federal army in 
complete possession of the ground between the fort and 
intrenched camp. Upon a reconnoissance, they were found 
too strongly posted to be assailed. 

12. The great fleet opened upon the land-face, and having 


dismounted all but one of the twenty-two heavy guns defend- 
ing that flank, on the evening of the 15th, General Terry, by 
sio-nal, changed the fire of the fleet to the sea-face batteries. 
The three Federal brigades that had worked their way close 
up, sprang forward in a charge that resulted in the capture 
of seven traverses and four hundred prisoners. The assail- 
ants lost their three commanders and five hundred men. It 
was a fatal blow. The Federals could not be dislodged, and, 
after brave and unavailing combat within the works, Fort 
Fisher was taken; and its garrison, numbering two thousand 
men, became prisoners of war. General Whiting and Colonel 
Lamb were both badly wounded, and the former soon died of 
his injuries. 

Note. — A school-book is not a proper medium for the transmission of 
disputes, and the author therefore forbears criticism upon the conduct of 
General Bragg and his letter recently published in relation to the siege 
herein outlined. That all concerned did their best is very sure, and that 
so many of the Federal troops were slain after their entrance into the fort 
is abundant proof of the fidelity and valor of the garrison. 


1. How was the first election of Governor Vance considered? What 
is said of the approaching election ? 

2. Who was Governor Vance's opponent, and what is said of him? 

3. How did Governor Vance and his people consider these measures ? 

4. What is said of affairs at Richmond ? 

5. What events were transpiring ? 

6. What is said of Wilmington and its defences? 

7. What occurred on December 25th, 1864. 

8. Describe the attack on Fort Fisher? 

9. What was the conclusion of the attack? 

10. How did the State receive the news of this Federal failure? What 
forces were removed from Fort Fisher ? 

11. Describe the preparations for renewal of the attack on January 12th. 

12. Give an account of the engagement. What was the sad result ? 




A. D. 1865, 

With the fall of Fort Fisher the fate of Wilmington was 
sealed. With the Federal troops in such a position the port 
was most effectually closed. The last connection of the be- 
leagured Confederacy with the outer world was thus broken, 
and North Carolina, with beating heart, listened to the ap- 
proaching footsteps of countless invaders. General Joseph 
E. Johnston was selected by General Lee, who had been 
made Generalissimo of all the Southern armies, to command 
in North Carolina. 

2. General Bragg's forces having retired from Wilming- 
ton, met the corps of Major-General Schofield in an ineffec- 
tual engagement at Kinston, on March 8th, and retired upon 
Goldsboro. This command, with the troops lately in Char- 
leston and Savannah, the remnant of the Array of Tennessee 
and Hampton's Division from Virginia, soon made an army 
of tw r enty-five thousand men, under the command of General 

3. Against him were coming, from South Carolina, the 
great army under General W. T. Sherman ; from Wilming- 
ton, the corps of General Terry, and from Kinston, the army 
of General Schofield. In addition to these overwhelming 
forces, another column was approaching from the west, under 
General Stoneman. 

4. As this great array gathered toward Raleigh 'as a com- 
mon focus, the first conflict was between the division com- 
manded by General Hardee and the army of General Sher- 


man at the hamlet of Averasboro. After a stubborn fight 
Hardee withdrew, and, having joined General Johnston, the 
latter collected fifteen thousand men at Bentonsville, in John- 
ston county, on March 19th, and awaited Sherman's approach. 

5. General Sherman, on that day, made six successive 
attacks upon Johnston's left, composed of Hoke's and Cheat- 
ham's divisions and the late garrisons on the Cape Fear. 
The Federal assaults were all repelled, and, at the order to 
advance, three lines of the invaders' field works were carried 
and several batteries captured. This success was not blood- 
lessly effected, and especially in the instance of the First 
North Carolina Battalion there was heavy loss in killed and 

6. General Sherman withdrew to Goldsboro to meet Scho- 
field and Terry, and Johnston put his men in cantonments 
around Smithfield to await developments. With such a 
force it seemed impossible that he would be able to meet the 
combined strength of the three armies assembling at Golds- 
boro, but the result at Bentonsville had greatly elated his 
troops, and they resolutely awaited General Sherman's return 
to the shock of arms. 

7. After so much bloodshed, God had mercifully ordained 
that the end of hostilities was near at hand. General Sheri- 
dan, with heavy cavalry re-inforcements, having assailed the 
right flank of General Lee's defences at Petersburg, after 
hard fighting, succeeded in winning the decisive battle at Five 
Forks (March 28th, 1865). The six thousand Confederate 
prisoners were fatal to a longer retention of the attenuated 
lines around the city that had been so long and nobly de- 

8. On the morning of the 29th, in the general assault, 
General Lee's lines were pierced in three places, General A. 


P. Hill was slain, and, only in instant retreat was even tem- 
porary safety to be found by the doomed army of Northern 
Virginia. After incredible hardships, having won their 
way to Appomattox Court House, the small remnant of the 
heroes who had for four years so dauntlessly held their 
ground against all comers were enveloped in the masses of 
pursuing hosts, and, on April 9th, at the command of their 
beloved leader, they then laid down their arms. 

9. These men were not demi-gods, as was claimed by 
Homer for those Greek warriors who battled on the plains of 
Troy. They were only men, who, at the call of what they 
felt was duty, took up arms to defend their homes. For 
years they had seemed to reverse military maxims concerning 
stronger battalions and superior resources. They had been 
as unconquerable as Caesar's legions, or the Spanish infantry 
of the sixteenth century. Like a rock in the sea, they had 
been worn down by "attrition," and, when driven to the wall, 
there was nothing left but the skeleton of an army that had 
grown forever immortal. 

10. General Lee was never greater than in the hour of 
his fall. He had not taken a part in the struggle to gratify 
his ambition, for if such had been the case he would have 
been found commanding the vast armies of the Union that 
were repeatedly offered to him in the beginning of the strug- 
gle. He had deliberately cast his fortunes with those whom 
he believed would be unable to withstand their foes. If, in 
the plenitude of his triumphs, he had sometimes seen reasons 
to hope for a different result, he had at least, for months past 
foreseen the inevitable conclusion. 

11. There have been more fortunate commanders, but 
never a man who was purer in word and deed. If, in the 
lapses of time and the verdict of history, he shall be ad- 


judged to have erred in his choice of sides in a great civil 
controversy, there will be at least no imputation upon the 
purity of his motives. He did what lie felt was his duty, 
and there can be no higher standard of human action. The 
want of judgment can as soon be ranked among crimes as 
the defence of our homes and firesides. General Lee was a 
Virginian, and he stood by Virginia and the South, and in 
so doing was not only a hero but a patriot. 

12. He led many thousands of North Carolinians through 
years of blood and trial, and with the living and dead was 
their ideal and embodiment of a Christian gentleman. More 
than one hundred and twenty-five thousand men of the State 
had struggled in a cause that was now hopelessly lost. With 
sad hearts, but in humble submission to an overruling Provi- 
dence, the survivors went to their homes and renewed their 
fealty to the United States of America. 


1. What was the effect of the fall of Fort Fisher? 

2. What occurred at Kinston? What was the size of General John- 
ston's army? 

3. What great forces were marching against Johnston? 

4. "Where was the first conflict between these armies? When was the 
battle of Bentonsville fought? Point out Averasboro on the map. Ben- 

5. Can you tell something of the fight at Bentonsville? 

6. W r hat was done by the Federal and Confederate commanders after 
this battle? 

7. W T hat occurred at Petersburg? % 

8. How did the battle result? What took place at Appomattox? 

9. What is said of the surrender? 

10. What is said of the great General Lee? 

11. What further mention is made of him? 

12. What is said of the North Carolina soldiers? 




A. D. 1865. 

When General Johnston became aware of General Lee's 
retreat, he was informed that his next duty would be to effect 
a junction of his forces with those withdrawn from Peters- 
burg. In accordance with this object a movement was begun 
at Raleigh, April 10th. The army, Governor Vance accom- 
panying it, having passed the capital, ex-Governors Graham 
and Swain, accompanied by Surgeon General Warren, met 
General Sherman at the head of his vast army a few miles 
from Raleigh and besought him to protect the city. 

2. General Sherman and his accumulated army of more 
than a hundred thousand men entered the capital city on 
April 13th. As the advance, under General Kilpatrick, moved 
up Fayetteville street, a Confederate cavalryman, Lieutenant 
Walsh, of Texas, before his flight halted near the State House 
and fired several times at Kilpatrick and his staff. His horse 
falling in his effort to escape, he was captured and taken 
before Kilpatrick, who ordered him to be immediately hanged. 
The heartless order was quickly obeyed, and, in a few moments 
the unfortunate Texan had paid the penalty of his rashness. 

3. General Johnston was soon apprised of General Lee's 
capitulation, and, after conference with President Davis at 
Greensboro, he resolved to end the war by surrender of his 
army. To this end, having communicated with General Sher- 
man, they met on April 18th, at the house of a Mr. Bennett, 
near Durham, and agreed upon conditions of surrender, sub- 


ject to the approval of President Lincoln. Most unhappily 
for the Southern people, Mr. Lincoln never had an oppor- 
tunity to express his opinion concerning this military conven- 
tion ; for he having just been assassinated at Washington by 
John Wilkes Booth, Andrew Johnson had become President 
in his place. 

4. Mr. Johnson was a North Carolinian by birth. He had 
lived in Raleigh until he reached manhood and had then emi- 
grated to Tennessee. In the violent excitement which fol- 
lowed upon the killing of President Lincoln, Mr. Johuson 
would not sanction the liberal terms of surrender which 
General Sherman had granted to General Johnston. General 
Sherman had been in conference with the deceased statesmau 
just previous to his death, and was following his directions as 
to the treatment of the conquered South. 

5. Notwithstanding this refusal of the President of the 
United States to carry out the agreement of the military com- 
manders, the army of General Johnston was surrendered on 
April 26th, 1865, and sent home ou parole. 

6. General Schofield was made military Governor of North 
Carolina, and his first official act was a proclamation declar- 
ing freedom to the slaves in the State. After two centuries of 

Note. — In the State election of 1860 the total vote polled was 112,586 — 
the largest that had ever been polled. North Carolina furnished to the 
Confederacy over 125,000 men, or some 12,500 more soldiers than she had 
voters. The total number of troops furnished by all the States of the Con- 
federacy was about 600,000, and it will be seen that North Carolina sup- 
plied over one-fifth of the entire force raised by the Confederate Govern- 
ment during the war. At Appomattox, North Carolina surrendered twice 
as many muskets as did any other State, and at Greensboro more of her 
soldiers were among the paroled than from any of her sister States. North 
Carolina's losses by the casualties of the war were largely over 30,000 men. 
( Our Living and Our Dead.) 



servitude these people were at last, in the providence of God, 
delivered from their bondage. It is difficult at this dav to 
say who were the more blessed in this deliverance — the slaves 
or their masters. That they should have all along enjoyed 
their rights of liberty, is now as apparent as the further fact 
that slave-owners were wasting the bulk of their capital in 
slave property. 

7. It was a hard thing for men who had been reared in the 
South to realize that their principal species of wealth was 
founded in injustice; and still harder was it to accept poverty 
on the strength of a sentiment. Human nature is selfish in 
all regions, and, that Southern men should have clung to their 
property is no more than what their opponents would have 
done had the circumstances been exchanged. It will be diffi- 
cult for posterity to understand what a mighty revolution in 
the domestic life of the people was involved in this single act 
of an army officer. 

8. The slaves had been looking forward with hope, since 
the beginning of the war, that freedom might be in store for 
them, yet almost all of them had remained in quiet subjection 
at their homes while the war was progressing. It seemed 
hard for them to realize, for some time, that they were at last 
the masters of their own movements. As a general thing, 
they continued quietly at labor on the farms of their former 
owners until the crops that were growing were complete in 
their tillage, or, as they expressed it, " laid by." 

9. Governor Vance was soon arrested, and imprisoned in 
the "old capitol" at Washington. President Davis was also' 
captured and imprisoned. Mr. Johnson appointed Vance's late 
political antagonist, W. W. Holden, Provisional Governor, 
and, at the same time declared every State and county official 


in North Carolina functus officio. For some weeks no officer 
with civil powers was to be seen, and to the commanders of 
the many Federal posts alone could the peaceful have; looked 
for protection against violence and fraud. 

10. Perhaps in this chaotic period of our State history, 
when so much political feeling was filling the souls of the 
people, Mr. Holden was as benevolent in his intentions as any 
other man who could have been found willing to take the 
oath and office in North Carolina, under Federal appoint- 
ment. That he ignored his old friends among the original 
secessionists was right and proper, in his change of political 
opinion, for at that period there were many people in the 
South who considered the leaders of secession as the authors 
of all the woes of the conquered States. 

11. With a magnanimous policy, nothing was easier than 
for the United States government, then and subsequently, to 
have created a sentiment of powerful condemnation toward the 
men who approved the action of South Carolina in her pre- 
cipitate abandonment of the Union. But President Johnson 
was filled with an intense desire, as he said, to "make treason 
odious." The long imprisonment of Mr. Davis, the judicial 
murders of Mrs. Surratt and Henry Wirz, the protracted 
exclusion of the Southern States from all participation in the 
general government, and the harsh policy of reconstruction 
were to largely justify, in the Southern mind, the men who had 
attempted to make such things impossible by a total severance 
of all connection with the country ruled on such principles. 


1. What movement did General Johnston attempt after the surrender 
of General Lee? What men met General Sherman's army in behalf of 


2. When did Sherman's army reach Raleigh? What event is men- 
tioned ? 

3. What was done by Johnston after learning of Lee's surrender? 
What occurred at Washington City? 

4. What is said of President Andrew Johnson? How did he act con- 
cerning the terms of Johnston's surrender? 

5. When did General Johnston surrender? 

O. Who became military Governor of North Carolina? What was his 
first official act? What is said of the freedom of the slaves? 

7. How is the question of slavery further considered? 

8. How had the slaves acted during the war? How did they receive 
the news of freedom? 

9. What befel Governor Vance? To what office was W. W. Holden 
appointed? What was the condition of civil affairs in North Carolina? 

10. What is said of Governor Holden? 

11. How are the events of this period considered? 



A. D. 1865 TO 1867. 

When the bulk of the vast armies that had effected the 
overthrow of the Confederacy was marched northward and 
disbanded, the full extent of the ruin that had been wrought 
was at last realized. So many Federal troops had been col- 
lected in North Carolina that their subsistence and depreda- 
tions had consumed nearly all the food in the State. There- 
fore, the utmost scarcity was disclosed in broad districts 
contiguous to the line of march and occupation by General 
Sherman's great armies. 

2. Grief for the ruined South, the desolated homes and 
slain kinsmen, was further supplemented by the pangs of 
want and hunger. Famishing men and women were forced 
to solicit rations of the Federal officers. Aid was given 
generally to needy applicants, upon their taking the oath of 
allegiance to the United States. 

3. In the liberation of the slaves came a pervading wreck 
upon the banks and other fiscal corporations of the State, 
and, as a consequence, the endowments of the University 
and the colleges were, to a great extent, forever lost. Even 
the large Literary Fund, by which the whole system of com- 
mon schools was sustained, being invested in similar securities, 
also disappeared in the general bankruptcy. 

4. When the Provisional Governor had entered upon the 
discharge of his official duties, he and the Treasurer discov- 
ered that North Carolina was reduced to a small supply of 


cotton as the sum of her available means to discharge the 
current expenses of the new government. This last resort 
was seized by the agents of the United States, and, to Gov- 
ernor Holden's pathetic appeals for its release, the Secretary 
of the Treasury and President Johnson proved deaf and in- 

5. Not only were the people, but the State authorities, thus 
reduced to extraordinary expedients to prolong their exist- 
ence. The numerous Federal garrisons became useless as a 
means of repressing popular turbulence, for the wretched 
people had never a thought of further resistance, and were 
only intent upon finding means of obtaining food. 

6. Governor Holden continued Judges Pearson and Battle 
in their places of Supreme Court Justices, but replaced 
Judge M. E. Manly by Edwin G. Reade, of Person. By 
orders from Washington, a proclamation was issued for an 
election of a Convention to restore the State to its former 
relations. This body met October 2d, 1865, and selected 
Judge Reade as its president. Ordinances were passed repeal- 
ing the secession ordinance of May 20th, 1861, the abolish- 
ing of slavery, and invalidating all contracts made in futher- 
ance of the late war. 

1866. 7. In the same election, Jonathan Worth, of Ran- 
dolph, was chosen over Governor Holden as Chief Magis- 
trate. The State was apparently resuming its autonomy, and 
was soon to show that some spirit was left in the people. 
They refused to ratify the ordinances of the late Convention 
by a decided majority; and, while accepting the situation and 
submitting in all quietude to the authorities imposed, they 
were yet resolved to take no part in these constrained reforma- 
tions. The armies of the Union, with measures adopted by 


the President and Congress, had liberated the slaves and re- 
versed the Ordinance of Secession, but the people of the State 
refused to assume any share in changes they had so long 
and sternly resisted. 

8. The general government had been for four years de- 
claring the- ordinances of secession, passed by the several 
States, as null and void. It had been repeatedly announced 
that no State could thus sever her connection with the Union; 
but when the legally elected Senators and Representatives 
from North Carolina reached Washington, they found that 
this doctrine was reversed, and were told that they could 
not take part in national legislation until Congress should 
restore the Southern Commonwealths to their lost privileges. 

9. In the Southern elections that were held, every man 
was required to take oaths of allegiance and for the support 
of the amended Federal Constitution. Many refused to attend 
the polls and not a few left the country for foreign lands. A 
vast majority were resolved to support the Union in good 
faith, and were satisfied that the results of the war were provi- 
dential and for the best, but, unhappily, this was not so un- 
derstood by Thaddeus Stevens and the men who controlled 
legislation at Washington. They were impressed with the 
belief that only hostile sentiments actuated Southern white 
men, and, therefore, the proper policy left to Congress was 
to confer political power upon the negroes, and in that way 
establish a new system of rule and social life in the States 
lately in revolt. 

1867. 10. This was a great and cruel mistake in policy. 
It was not only impossible of execution but was to entail 
trouble and suffering on both races thus put in antagonism. 
It could not be expected that the white people living in the 


.same region with colored rulers would quietly submit to 
their domination, even if such rulers had been equally intel- 
ligent and socially respected. When to this was added the 
late subjection and ignorance of the negroes, it was the most 
futile and abortive scheme ever proposed in America, and was 
at war with all the precedents and spirit of the great republic. 


1. What was the condition of the State after the departure of Federal 
troops ? 

2. How were the people enduring mental and bodily suffering? 

3. What had become of the various educational funds? 

4. What was the only means by which North Carolina could meet the 
expenses of the State government? What became of the small supply of 
cotton ? 

5. What else is said of the sad condition of the people? 

G. What changes did Governor Holden make in the Supreme Court? 
What orders did the Governor receive from Washington? What was the 
work of the Convention? 

7. Who was chosen to succeed Governor Holden? What political 
opinions were expressed by the people in their votes? 

8. What inconsistencies were observed in the management of affairs at 

9. How did the men of the South feel concerning the laws of Con- 
gress? Can you tell something of Thaddeus Stevens? 

10. How are the events of this period considered? 



A. D. 1867 TO 1868. 

President Andrew Johnson, as has been already stated, was 
born and reared in the city of Raleigh. He went to Ten- 
nessee after reaching manhood, and, though blessed with small 
advantages as to early culture, he married, and devoted him- 
self to the practice of law. He is said to have mastered the 
rudiments of education with his wife's help. His native 
ability soon gave him position in the courts, and eventually, 
great popularity and control over the Tennessee people. 

2. He soon relaxed in the severity of his feelings toward 
the late Confederates, and thereby incurred the resentment of 
the leaders in the party which had elected him as Vice-Presi- 
dent. In the bitterness of the mutual recriminations between 
him and his late friends in Congress, there was, unhappily, 
evil to result to North Carolina and the South; for, to the old 
resentments were now added a desire in many men to thwart 
the President's policy. 

3. Governor Worth had ever been marked as a public man 
by the utmost devotion to the Federal Union. He had 
constantly opposed the doctrine and necessity of secession. He 
was now to show his wisdom and attachment to the State of 
his birth. As Governor, he was continually pressed to secure 
legal protection for the people against the interference of mili- 
tary commanders and courts-martial, which were constantly 
intruding upon the jurisdiction of the State courts. 



4. Id the ruin of the war, the whole system of education 
in the common schools had perished in the loss of the Literary 
Fund. The University still continued its ministrations, but 
with a diminished faculty and patronage. The colleges, male 
and female, belonging to the different religious denominations, 
were re-opened and generally were slowly regaining their 
former efficiency. 

5. In society there was great confusion in the presence of 
two rival secret societies. These were known as the " Union 
League" and the "Ku-Klux-Klan." The negroes and a few 
white men belonged to the former, and, in those sections of 
North Carolina where the Regulators of old were found, the 
famous "White Brotherhood/' or Ku-Klux, also became 
numerous during the years subsequent to the advent of their 

6. Among the first enactments by the Legislature after the 
war, was the law allowing colored witnesses to testify against 
or for white parties in courts of justice. This was as great a 
change in judicial habits as was the adoption of Lord Den- 
man's act, and evinced a desire to clothe the colored race with 
ample protection against wrong and intrusion. 

7. The agriculture of the period was rapidly advancing in 
the perfection of its details. Concentrated fertilizers were 
coming into general use and the area of cotton culture 
was immensely expanding. The farms were about equally 
divided as to the style of their management. The best farmers 
still hired their "hands" and superintended the details of 
operation in person, but many leased their lands to laborers 
and furnished the teams and supplies needed by the tenants. 

8. Under the sensible and moderate rule then seen in the 
State, prosperity seemed rapidly returning, but as the United 


States Congress still refused to allow any representation in that 
body, there was great and increasing uneasiness as to the 
terms that would be finally exacted from the South in the pro- 
posed reconstruction measures. 

18(>8. 9. The Convention and elections of 1868 will ever 
be remembered as the culmination of these troubles among the 
white people of the South. The act of Congress, passed on 
February 20th, 1867, was in vain vetoed by the President. 
It was made the law of the land, and, under its provisions, 
while twenty thousand white men of North Carolina were 
deprived of the right to vote, that privilege was extended to 
every colored male in the State old enough to claim his 

10. By orders of General Canby, Governor Holden was 
again restored to the Chief Magistracy. Governor Worth 
surrendered the position with a protest, and surveyed, along 
with many others, the sweeping changes effected by the Con- 
vention in the organic law of the State. Perhaps of all the 
innovations, none was so startling as that of the change in pro- 
cedure and practice in the courts. It was especially distasteful 
to the older lawyers, who are always conservative and averse 
to alteration. 

11. The Legislature, elected under the recently adopted 
Constitution, met on January 14th, 1868. It was composed 
principally of colored men and citizens from the North who 
had lately taken residence in North Carolina. The reck- 
less expenditures for railroads and other matters produced the 
utmost excitement among tax-payers, and soon resulted in 
such a strain on the State's credit that her obligations became 
well-nigh worthless in the stock-markets. 


12. The year closed in with great apprehensions to all clas- 
ses in the South. The new State governments were greatly 
disturbed by the Ku-Klux, and in the pandemonium of bri- 
bery and corruption developed in the different assemblies was 
justification for the fears of men, who, in the reckless appro- 
priations, foresaw ruin to all material interests of the State. 

13. In Jones and Robeson counties, life and property were 
so insecure that extraordinary measures were adopted to extir- 
pate the bandits who slew and plundered as if no legal 
restraints were left in the land. The story of Henry Berry 
Lowry and his "Swamp Angels," is one of the vilest of 
human records, and in no respect redounds to the credit of 
North Carolina. That a few mulattoes could, for years, hold 
an entire community in so much terror, was as astonishing as 
the career of David Fanning of revolutionary days. 


1. What is said of President Andrew Johnson ? 

2. How did his feelings toward the South undergo a change? What 
was the result? 

3. What is said of Governor Worth ? 

4. In what condition were the institutions of learning at this period? 

5. What two political secret societies were found in North Carolina? 
What is said of them? 

6. What legislation is mentioned favoring the colored people? 

7. How were agricultural matters progressing. How were the farms 

8. What was the general condition of the State. 

9. What is said of the Convention of 1868? What law concerning 
voters had Congress recently passed? 

10. Mention some of General Canby's acts. What law was specially 
objectionable to the lawyers? 

11. What is said of the Legislature of 1868? 

12. What troubles were seen in the State at the close of this year? 

13. How were the counties of Jones and Kobeson particularly unfortu- 



A. D. 1868 TO 1870, 

There was, in North Carolina, no want of indignation at 
the result of the enforced changes wrought in the polity of 
the State by means of various congressional enactment. 
Strangers from other States, and men entirely unused to leg- 
islation, had effected a large alteration in our ancient Com- 
monwealth. It was to be expected that such things should 
prove distasteful to a proud race that had lately withstood, 
on the field of battle, the possibility of such indignities and 

2. Much of this feeling was natural, and some complaints 
were well-founded as to unnecessary alteration of existing 
institutions. The most notable of these was the course pur- 
sued toward the State University at Chapel Hill. This 
venerable institution, which had given education to many 
men of renown, was taken in hand, and, with its new man- 
agement and faculty, was utterly prostrated as a seat of learn- 
ing. Its late president, ex-Governor David L. Swain, died 
shortly after his removal, and silence usurped the halls so 
long thronged by students from many States. 

3. The changes did not stop with the University. The 
judges of all the courts had been, since 1776, elected by the 
Legislature. This was altered, so that they were in future 
to be selected by the votes of the people. The name of the 
lower branch of the General Assembly, so long known as 


the House of "Commons," became that of the "Representa- 
tives." The time of meeting for the Assembly was also 
altered, and the pay of the members largely increased. 

4. In the two years subsequent to the accomplishment of 
these alterations, there was intense political feeling in North 
Carolina, as indeed, throughout the whole Republic. Excited 
debates before the people and in the newspapers led many to 
believe that sectional animosity would produce a renewal of 
the late hostilities, but there was never a probability of the 
recurrence of such a disaster. 

1869. 5. Members of the Union League complained of 
persecution by the Ku-Klux, while the members of that 
organization denounced the League as the cause of numerous 
arsons and other acts of violence against white men. Gov- 
ernor Holden, in repeated proclamations, demanded that vio- 
lence should cease. Many gin -houses and barns were burned ; 
both white and colored men were visited at night with vio- 
lence, and sometimes death. These things were deplored by 
good citizens, but they continued, in certain sections, until the 
close of the year 1869. 

1870. 6. There had been great improvement as to peace- 
ful relations for some months, when, in 1870, the election of 
Attorney-General and members of the General Assembly 
drew near. Ou the 28th of May, John W. Stephens, then a 
member of the State Senate for Caswell county, was found 
murdered in the court-house in Yanceyville. A large con- 
course filled the house and its surroundings on the day the 
assassination was accomplished, yet, to this time, it remains a 
profound mystery as to who committed the crime. 

7. It was insisted by Governor Holden and others that 
Stephens had been murdered by the Ku-Klux, but they pro- 


tested their innocence. The victim, they said was not espe- 
cially obnoxious to the Brotherhood, and was held in derision 
rather than hatred among them, therefore, they had no desire 
nor cause to put him to death. 

8. The Legislature had recently enacted what was known 
as the "Shoffner Bill." This law clothed the Governor with 
unusual powers, and provided for the calling out and main- 
tenance of an army whenever the Executive should deem 
such a course necessary and proper. On the publication of 
the news of the murder of Mr. Stephens, Governor Holden 
hastened to carry out the intention of the framers of this 
statute. Troops were assembled in Raleigh, and one George 
W. Kirk, of East Tennessee, was created a colonel and put 
in command of the force. 

9. The election was to occur on the first Thursday in Au- 
gust, In the midst of the excitement attending such an 
occasion, the Governor issued a proclamation declaring the 
counties of Alamance and Caswell in a state of insurrection, 
and, on the 18th day of July, 1870, Colonel Kirk, by orders 
of his Excellency, marched with his militia for the counties 
under the bann. 

10. In a few days, more than a hundred citizens of Ala- 
mance, Caswell and Orange were arrested and imprisoned by 
Kirk and his subordinates. In some instances persons thus 
seized were hung up by the neck, or otherwise treated with 
great brutality. Among these prisoners were many men who 
had been for years of the first respectability as citizens, and 
were known and honored in every portion of the State. 

11. Application was speedily made to Chief Justice Pear- 
son for a writ of habeas corpus, that Adolphus G. Moore, 
and others thus imprisoned, might know the cause of their 


detention and receive the protection of the laws. Judge 
Pearson granted the writ, but when it was served on Kirk, 
he said he was acting in accordance with Governor Holden's 
orders, and refused to obey the command of His Honor. 
The lawyers of the imprisoned men then asked for further 
process of the Judge to punish Kirk for his disregard of his 
orders; but Judge Pearson held that his powers were ex- 
hausted, as the Governor had ordered Kirk to seize the men, 
and he would do nothing more. 

12. Application was next made to George W. Brooks, of 
Pasquotank, who was Judge of the United States District 
Court for North Carolina. He came to Raleigh, and was told 
by the Governor that if he interfered civil war would ensue; 
but Judge Brooks was inflexible; and, on August 6th, he 
ordered Marshall Carrow to notify Colonel Kirk that in ten 
days his prisoners should be brought before His Honor, at 

13. President Grant was asked by the Governor for in- 
structions; and he informed the Chief Magistrate of North 
Carolina that he must respect the Federal judiciary. Kirk 
brought his prisoners as ordered, to Salisbury, and as no 
crimes were alleged as the cause of their detention, they were 
all set at liberty, to the unspeakable satisfaction of the dis- 
tressed multitudes, who had been mourning over the failure 
of the laws and exhaustion of the judiciary for five weeks 


1. In what way was North Carolina becoming a victim of political 
laws ? 

2. What indignities were forced upon the people in regard to the 


;>. What other changes are mentioned? 

4. How was the feeling in the South between the members of the two 
great political parties? 

5. Mention some of the charges made by the "Union League" and 
•■ Ku-Klux-Klan." 

<>. What political murder occurred in 1870? What is said of this 

a flair? 

7. Whom did Governor Holden charge with the murder of Stephens? 

What was the reply of the Ku-Klux? 

8. What was the Shoffner Bill?" How did Governor Holden act 
under the powers? 

9. What proclamation was issued by the Governor? What orders 
were given to Kirk ? 

10. Mention some of the acts of Kirk? 

11. To whom was application for relief made? Give an account of 
further proceedings in the matter? 

12. To whom was application next made? With what result? 

13. What was the conclusion of this matter? 

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A. D. 1870 TO 1872. 

The expenditures and imputed corruption of the Legisla- 
ture of 1868 resulted in a great reversion in the popular vote 
when the returns were counted in 1870. A large majority of 
members opposed to the policy recently adopted, were elected 
to the new Legislature. It was soon perceived that Governor 
Holden would be held responsible for the scenes of violence 
enacted in Alamance and Caswell. 

2. Nothing can be more important in a civilized govern- 
ment than protection to the liberty of the people. Even in 
the royal government of England, for more than two centu- 
ries the King has had no power to deprive a citizen of the 
right to be heard in the courts, when restrained by legal pro- 
cess or otherwise. Both there and in America, nothing but 
foreign invasion or positive insurrection could justify even 
Parliament or Congress in suspending the claim to this palla- 
dium of civil liberty. 

3. Upon motion in the House of Representatives, a com- 
mittee was appointed to inquire into the facts, and soon, arti- 
cles of impeachment were presented to the Senate, charging 
the Governor of the State with the commission of "high 
crimes and misdemeanors/' 

1871. 4. By the terms of the State Constitution, this 
worked a disability in Governor Holden; and Tod R. Cald- 
well, of Burke, then Lieutenant-Governor, assumed control 
of the Executive. 


5. In a court of impeachment in North Carolina, the Chief- 
Justice is the president of the body. The members of the 
Senate are triers, and the House of Representatives act as 
prosecutors in behalf of the people. 

6. Thus, with Judge Pearson presiding, there was a long 
and deliberate examination as to these charges made against 
the Chief Magistrate of North Carolina. After hearing state- 
ments, both by the accusers and respondent, Governor Hol- 
den was convicted of the charges made against him, deprived 
of his office, and declared incapable of holding any further 
honor or dignity in the State. 

7. This severe punishment has been seen but in this single 
instance in all the history of the State, and it attracted con- 
siderable attention in its progress. It involved great and im- 
portant issues, and was happily followed by peace and quiet in 
every portion of the Commonwealth. The two secret politi- 
cal societies were disbanded, and violence was no longer used 
to promote the ends of parties. 

8. Such a consummation should have long before been 
reached in North Carolina. That any people can be happy 
or prosperous when thus divided, is not only improbable, but 
utterly impossible. All free governments can exist only in 
the kindness and mutual forbearance of the men and women 
who constitute the population. Oppression is sure to work 
evil both to the oppressed and the authors of their wrong. In 
a free government nothing is so essential as graceful submis- 
sion to the laws and lawful wishes of the declared majority 
who rule the State. 

9. After eight years' absence, a delegation was again seen 
in the Federal capital representing the State of North Caro- 
lina in the councils of the Republic. For two years past, 


members of Congress had been allowed to participate in the 
national legislation, and thus an ignominious disability had at 
last been removed from her Federal relations. A mighty 
convulsion, that had stirred the nation to its depths, was being 
slowly hushed into calm by the adoption of wiser and more 
peaceful methods. A broader nationality was coming alike 
to the Northern and Southern people, and the wounds of the 
war were fast healing in the lapse of time. 

10. The census of 1870 exhibited vast improvement in 
many departments of human industry. North Carolina, in 
the many alterations wrought by the war, was learning the 
wisdom of diversifying the pursuits of the people. Slowly, 
public attention was being turned to the opening of new 
industries. The railroad schemes of 1868 amounted to very 
little, by reason of the enormous waste and dishonesty of 
officials entrusted with the funds appropriated, but the West- 
ern North Carolina, the Raleigh & Augusta, and the Caro- 
lina Central Railroads, were opening up a new era in the his- 
tory of such interests in the old North State. 

11. With a greatly extended area of production in cotton, 
there was, besides, an enormous addition of railroad profits 
from the increase both of travel and freights. As the rail- 
way lines lenghtened to the west, it was found that they 
would repay the costs of their construction, and each of the 
rival political parties pledged itself to the completion of the 
great Western Road which was to pierce the extreme moun- 
tain barriers and find outlets into Tennessee, both at Duck- 
town and the Warm Springs in Madison county. 

12. Slowly this great dream of the wise men of the past 
approaches the day of its accomplishment. A half century 
has gone by since Dr. Joseph Caldwell and Governor Dudley 


first impressed this scheme upon the public mind as a work 
of the future. Many years may elapse before all the diffi- 
culties on the route between Asheville and Ducktown are 
overcome, but, in other directions, lines already traverse that 
region, and the hope is entertained of speedy realization of a 
grand trunk system reaching even into far off Cherokee and 
her wondrous and valuable mineral deposits. 


1. How did the deeds of the Legislature of 1868 affect the election of 
L870? What was seen soon after the election? 

2. Can you tell what is said about protection of the liberties of the 

3. What was done by the House of Representatives? 

4. How did these charges affect the Executive Department? 

5. What is the method of an impeachment trial in North Carolina? 

6. Who presided at the trial of Governor Holden? How did the trial 
terminate? What was the punishment? 

7. What is said of this great trial? What became of the secret political 

8. What comments are made upon free governments? 

9. What political changes were seen at Washington City? How was 
the condition becoming better? 

10. What is said of industrial pursuits in North Carolina? Of rail- 
roads? Can you trace the route of these railroads on the map? 

11. How was the State being agitated upon the question of internal 

12. What thoughts are given upon this period of advancement? 



A. D. 1872. 

In the years that had passed since the close of the war 
between the States, the people of North Carolina had been con- 
tinually looking forward to the hoar when the State should 
be fully restored to its old relations with the Federal govern- 
ment. In the consummation of the reconstruction policy, 
inaugurated and carried out by Congress, this had been par- 
tially attained, but, in the provisions of the Constitution 
adopted in 1868, there were many particulars that were un- 
suited to the habits of the people, and amendment was eagerly 
desired in this respect. 

1872. 2. In consequence of the large vote polled in 1870 
by the party thus actuated, a bill was introduced and passed 
bv both branches of the Legislature, calling a Convention 
to effect such changes ; but it was left to the people to say 
whether such a body should meet — and a majority of their 
votes having been cast in disapprobation of the measure, there 
was no Convention held under this act. 

3. Political animosities were being softened by the lapse of 
time, and general prosperity was fast extending to different 
sections. Towns and villages were being built along the lines 
of railroads, and cotton and other factories were continually 
being added. 

4. Just previous to the outbreak of the late war, the 
Masonic Grand Lodge of North Carolina had reared at 
Oxford, a large and costly building, which was called "St. 


John's College," and was intended for the education of young 
men. In 1872 this building was devoted, by the fraternity 
that had erected it, to the education of the orphan children of 
North Carolina. This noble charity was placed in the care 
of John H. Mills, who has abundantly justified the wisdom 
of those who were parties to his being chosen for so responsi- 
ble a place. 

5. This school, which educates so many who would other- 
wise grow up in ignorance and vice, is aided now by an 
annual appropriation from the State, and another from the 
Grand Lodge of Masons, but on individual contributions of 
the charitable it is mainly dependent for its support. Perhaps 
no other charity ever so much enlisted popular sympathy in 
North Carolina, and none ever more richly repaid the un- 
selfish contributions of the people. 

6. At the period now reached, the University had ceased to 
be attended as a college. Although the Rev. Solomon 
Pool was there as its President, the buildings were silent, and 
the famous seat of learing seemed to have run its course, and 
was no longer to hold its proud position among American 
colleges. Trinity College had been, since 1853, to the North 
Carolina Methodist Conference what Wake Forest was to the 
Baptist Convention, or Davidson to the Presbyterian Synod. 
All of these vigorous young gymnasia were developing into 
unprecedented effectiveness, and hundreds of young men were 
receiving such intellectual guidance as assured their future 

7. Among the female seminaries of the State, a new and 
formidable rival for popular favor was seen in Peace Institute, 
at Raleigh. This institution, like the Orphan Asylum, had 
been originated before the war, but, during the years of strife, 


the building was used as a hospital. Under the administra- 
tion of Rev. R. Burwell and his son, Mr. John B. Burwell, 
it became one of the best appointed institutions in all the 
State, and is even yet continuously growing in public esteem. 

8. In the nomination and re-election of General Grant as 
President of the United States, in 1872, there were many 
incidents to show the alteration in Southern sentiment. The 
white men of the South, as a general thing, voted in that con- 
test for Horace Greeley, of New York. He had been long 
identified with all the movements that were specially obnox- 
ious to Southern people, and yet, after so many bitter differ- 
ences in the fifty years past, the old leader of the Abolitionists 
became the nominee of the Democrats and received their votes 
for the Presidency. 

9. This strange course, was said by the men engaged in it, 
to be dictated by the desire on their parts to show that they 
were not disloyal to the Union, but were willing for "the dead 
past to bury its dead." 

10. It was, indeed, untrue that any considerable portion of 
the Southern people yet clung to the impossible hope of a 
separate government. With the close of the war had passed 
all reason for the existence of another Republic. In the aboli- 
tion of slavery the States had become uniform in interest, and 
it was soon patent that it only needed a little time to 
heal the breaches of the war and restore concord to the two 
great sections of the mighty American Commonwealth. 

11. That sections and even States should continue to listen 
to the advice of selfish men in their struggles for political 
preferment was, unhappily, too common. Cunning adventurers 
well know that men love their prejudices even better than the 


dictates of religion and true political wisdom; and, by pan- 
dering to such feelings, the demagogues of all ages have 
proven curses to free governments. 

12. But, in the sober second thought of the American peo- 
ple, there have ever been the highest patriotism and benevo- 
lence. That hatred and malevolence can continue indefinitely 
in the relations of the two grand divisions of the Republic, is 
as impossible as it would be unwise and wicked. Their des- 
tiny is too grand for the people of America to think of mar- 
ring it by a continuance of strife. Year by year the traces of 
blood disappear from the face of the land, and more closely 
grow the bands that make us a free and united people. 


1. To what period had the people of North Carolina been looking for- 
ward since the close of the war? What acts had somewhat prevented the 
arrival of this desirable state of affairs? 

2. What is said of the call for a convention? 

3. What social changes were seen? 

4. What charitable institution had been opened by the Masons? 

5. What is said of the Orphan Asylum? 

6. In what condition was the University? What is said of other col- 

7. What female school is now mentioned? 

8. What political changes were seen in the Presidential campaign of 

9. What did these events show? 

10. What was the general position of the people since the close of the 

11. What men were the chief cause of sectional prejudices continuing 
to exist? 

12. In what characteristics do the American people stand high? Why 
should all sectional animosities be speedily removed? 




A. D. 1873. 

1873. Previous to the introduction of Whitney's cotton 
gins there had been large attention bestowed by the people of 
the State upon the cultivation of flax. This crop was never 
reared for exportation, but for family use at home. Few of 
the ancient spinning wheels can now be found, but they were 
once abundant, and the manufacture of home-made linen 
was common in North Carolina. This was even more the case 
than is now the preparation of woolen fabrics upon the hand- 
looms of the families. 

2. So soon as the lint cotton was cheaply separated from 
its seed, the great question of its universal use was solved. 
It could be so easily produced that no woolen or linen fabrics 
could hope to compete in the markets of the world. The 
good women of the State soon learned the economy of buying 
the cotton warp of the cloth wove at the farm houses, but 
it was long before even this common domestic necessity was 
prepared for use in the South. 

3. The cotton-yarns were, until about 1840, almost all 
spun in New England and bought by the merchants in the 
large cities when laying in their semi-annual supplies of goods 
for the retail trade. The purchase of slaves and cultivation 
of cotton so completely absorbed the earnings of the people 
that no one invested his capital in anything else except perhaps 
some who preferred real estate for such a purpose. 


4. But even before the civil war and the liberation of the 
slaves, there were wise men who urged the propriety and 
profit of cotton mills in the South. The capitalists who 
followed this advice were very few and far between. At 
length, in 1837, Edwin M. Holt built a mill. He was then 
of Orange, but lived in what is now Alamance county, on the 
creek near which the Regulators were defeated. 

5. This establishment began work with only five hundred 
spindles. Mr. Holt gradually added to his works, and, in 
1849 began to weave white and plaid domestics. This and 
the mill of the Battle Brothers, at the Falls of Tar River in 
Nash county, were the pioneers of their class in the State. 

6. Since the war there has been an immense development 
of this industry. The most remarkable instance of success 
is seen in the instance of Colonel Thomas M. Holt. He is 
the son of Edwin M. Holt and had been with his father from 
the time he left Chapel Hill, in 1851, until, in 1860, he pur- 
chased the site of the Granite Mills on Haw River. This 
establishment had been originated by others in 1845, and was 
called Mt. Ararat, but was worked by a private company till 
1857, when a joint stock company bought the property and it 
was incorporated as "Granite Mills Manufacturing Company." 

Note. — The cotton mills at the Falls of Tar River in Nash county 
were established as early as 1817. Joel Battle of Edgecombe, with Peter 
Evans of that county, and Mr. Donaldson, of Chowan were the proprietors. 
Mr. Battle bought out the interest of the others and the works afterwards 
passed into the possession of his son Dossey Battle. Years later, W. S. 
Battle became the owner of the property, and, under his charge it has 
remained for more than twenty years. This is a large and important 
establishment, and contributes greatly to the supplies of the State. This 
factory was destroyed by Federal soldiers in 1863, and again burned down 
in 1869. At each rebuilding its capacities were increased, and the present 
mill is working up about one thousand bales of cotton annually. 


7. Colonel Holt saw the advantages of the water-power and 
location on the North Carolina Railroad, and lavished upon 
its development all the resources of his judgment and energy. 
Gradually, the hills upon both sides of the river were covered 
with the cottages of operatives, until a pretty village sur- 
rounded the growing buildings of the cotton factory and the 
beautiful residence of the proprietor. 

8. Colonel Holt has shown high executive capacity in his 
management as President of the State Agricultural Society, 
but, as the chief of all the cotton manufacturers of North 
Carolina, he has created a reputation that will ever cause him 
to be remembered among the benefactors of the Common- 
wealth. All through the war this mill was growing in size 
and reputation. In 1870 the large flouring establishment of 
Frieze & Co. was purchased, and the weaving of colored 
fabrics began. 

9. Thus, step by step, are all great and permanent benefits 
secured. The Granite Mills have grown year by year in size 
and excellence of work, but still are added to and rendered 
more effective. Although now weaving and selling daily five 
thousand yards of domestics, and supplying, besides this, sixty 
thousand dollars worth of warps each year, there are being 
added one hundred and forty looms and three thousand spin- 
dles to those already in operation. 

10. The Holt family, and others, have made Alamance 
county the seat of the cotton industry in the State. Haw 
River furnishes power not only to the "Granite Mills," but 
in its course, also to those of " Swepson," "Carolina," "Saxa- 
pahaw," and "Glencoe." The Belmont and Alamance Mills, 
on Great Alamance Creek, and others, render this section 
unique not only in North Carolina but the whole South. 


11. Hundreds of persons are employed in a single one of 
the cotton mills. In this way not only the wealth but the 
population of the section is increased by bringing in new 
settlers. The railways find added employment, and in some 
cases, as at Haw River Station, private residences are seen 
that are rural paradises in the beauty and comfort of their 

12. North Carolina has ever been slow to change in the 
habits of the people. The ways of their forefathers always 
seem best to most of them until abundant example has shown 
the wisdom of an innovation. Steam is usurping a place in 
every species of labor and motion. The great seines of Albe- 
marle Sound, the printing press, the cotton-gin, and nearly 
everything else, is obedient to the tireless energies of some such 

13. When North Carolina shall have developed her sys- 
tem of transportation so that the coal and iron mines shall be 
more largely worked, and when, as now in Vermont, not only 
cotton but woolen factories shall be found in every section 
where such staples are produced; then, and not until then, 
will the civilization of the State be complete. They who 
merely produce raw material will ever be "hewers of wood 
and drawers of water" to others who prepare such things for 

Note. — In addition to the cotton factories mentioned in the text, there 
are also to be found in the State many other establishments of this kind. 
Among the principal mills are the " Randleman," "Naomi," "Cedar 
Falls," "Island Ford," and "Columbia,"* all located in Randolph county. 

There are also factories of considerable importance at Fayetteville. 
Rockingham and other towns in the State. 



1. What was a principal crop in North Carolina before the cotton gin 
was invented? What is said of the cultivation of flax? 

2. Why did the production of cotton so rapidly take the place of flax? 

3. How did the people invest nearly all their means? 

4. What investments had been urged? Who was one of the principal 
advocates of the cotton factory? 

5. What is said of the factories of Mr. Holt and the Battle Brothers? 

6. How had the cotton factories grown since the war? Mention some 
of them? 

7. What is said of the Holt factory on Haw River? Can you locate 
this factory on the map? 

8. What further mention is made of Colonel Thomas Holt? 

9. W T hat is the present work of the "Granite Mills"? 

10. What other cotton factories are found in Alamance county? Can 
you find their location on the map? 

11. How are communities benefited by this industry? 

12. Why have not our people entered more largely into this class of 

13. What better future prosperity is yet to be attained by the State? 



A, D. 1874. 

Second alone in importance to the State at large, after the 
cotton factories, are those devoted to the handling and prepa- 
ration of tobacco for the market. The western powers of 
Europe had, for many years, realized immense revenues by 
means of their imports and monopolies of the Virginia weed, 
before the government of the United States ever realized a 
dollar from all the vast production of this crop in the dhTerent 
States. So, too, in North Carolina, enterprize and capital 
had remained almost completely blind to the possibilities of 
the situation. 

2. Though great qualities of tobacco had been grown in 
many of the counties, and the soil and climate were suited to 
the production of the finest and costliest grades, yet, the farm- 
ers were content to raise such as commanded but humble 
prices, and but a small proportion of this was prepared for 
use in the vicinity of its production. In a few villages and 
on some of the farms, were to be found small factories, which, 
with the rudest appliances, converted into plugs of chewing 
tobacco such portions of the crop of the neighborhood as 
could be probably sold from itinerant wagons. 

3. These vehicles were sent to the eastern counties and 
even to portions of South Carolina and Georgia, to supply 
the farms and country stores. This traffic continued until the 
strong arm of the Federal government, by means of " Revenue 
Laws," was interposed between the pedlers and their ancient 


profits. The bulk of the crop was sent, before this, to be 
manufactured at Richmond, Lynchburg and Danville, in Vir- 
ginia. The fine brands of plug and all smoking tobacco used 
in North Carolina were received from these cities. 

4. During the late war, one J. R. Green lived at the little 
hamlet known as Durham, which was a station of the North 
Carolina Railroad. His employment was the preparation and 
sale of granulated smoking tobacco. He produced an article 
which had gained considerable local reputation for its excel- 
lence, when, in April, 1865, he lost several thousand pounds, 
which the soldiers belonging to the armies under Generals 
Johnston and Sherman appropriated to their own use. 

5. Mr. Green bewailed as a loss what turned out to be a 
great blessing to him. The tobacco seized was smoked by the 
men of many States, and it at once became famous by the 
conjoined testimony of so many disinterested witnesses. It 
was the speediest and most satisfactory advertisement imagin- 
able. From that time there has been no trouble in the sale 
and disposition of any quantity that the genius and enter- 
prize of Mr. Green's business successors have been able to 
put upon the market. 

6. In 1868 he sold to W. T. Blackwell and J. R. Day, one- 
half of his interest in the manufacture of what is known as 
the "Durham Bull" brand of smoking tobacco. Mr. Black- 
well had abundant experience in the trade, and soon evinced 
great judgment and capacity for such a business. 

7. A year later, upon Green's death, the survivors purchased 
his interest, and, in 1870, associated as a third partner, Julian 
S. Carr, of Chapel Hill. Day soon retired, but, in the finan- 
cial genius of Carr the firm gained all that was needed for the 
successful conduct of a gigantic trade. To bis fine manage- 


ment was committed the difficult duty of financial operations 
and the opening up of fresh markets. So well has he suc- 
ceeded that "Blackwell & Co." are now the greatest manu- 
facturers of smoking tobacco in all the world. Mr. Carr 
was soon to win a high position as a layman in the Methodist 
Church, and, perhaps, as wide political endorsement as any 
man of his age has ever had in the State, who made trade 
and not politics the business of his life. 

8. Inspired by such an example, kindred enterprises w r ere 
speedily seen in Durham, Winston, Hillsboro, Oxford, Hen- 
derson, and many other places. Durham, from the two hun- 
dred inhabitants of 1865, was soon to reach three thousand. 
A new industry, employing thousands of people, was thus 
created and added to the list of the State's resources. 

9. Even faster than the growth of the town has been that 
of the firm that may really be regarded as its founders. Like 
the fame of Gatlin and his revolving gun, the " Durham Bull " 
is heard of and has his effigies beyond the seas. From the 
nominal production of 1870, their sales now exceed four 
million pounds of tobacco, besides the countless cigarettes, 
the manufacture of which has been recently added as a branch 
of their productions. Some estimate of the greatness of their 
operations may be inferred, when it is known that the amount 
paid as internal revenue much exceeds the entire taxation, 
State and county, paid by North Carolina before the year 1848. 

10. If he who adds to the number of grass blades is a 
public benefactor, then the creators of new industries and 
towns may well claim consideration along with the warrior 
and statesman. In many towns and vast productions are 
modern States enabled to sustain the great and costly appli- 



ances of our new civilization. With the railroad and factory, 
come population and those advantages that can never be 
enjoyed by the people who lack numbers and wealth. 

Note. — In addition to the cotton, tobacco and other factories mentioned 
in preceding chapters, there is, in some of the western counties, large 
capital invested in mills for the manufacture of woolen yarns and cloth. 
Among the principal factories of this kind are the large establishments at 
Salem and Bethania, in Forsyth county. This is a growing industry 
from which satisfactory profits are realized. 


1. What other great industry is now considered? What is said of the 
tobacco markets before this period? 

2. What had been the production iir North Carolina? What quantities 
were prepared for sale? 

3. What is said of the tobacco pedlers? 

4. What is said of Mr. Green and his factory at Durham? 

5. How did Mr. Green's losses prove a blessing to him? 

6. Who became associated with him in 1868? What is said of the 

7. What further change was made in the firm in 1869 and 1870? What 
is said of the new partner? 

8. How did the great success of this tobacco factory affect other com- 

9. What further mention is made of Durham and its factories? 

10. Why should the people be well informed of such successful enter- 
prises as those just mentioned? 



A. D. 1874 TO 1878. 

The enormous increase in the amount and quality of cotton 
grown in North Carolina since the late war, has been depend- 
ent upon the use of various fertilizers and other appliances of 
a better cultivation of the soil. The old habit of educated 
men, in committing their plantations and slaves to the manage- 
ment of overseers, has been almost wholly abandoned. Many 
individuals of the largest culture are now devoting their time 
and skill to the discovery of improved methods in agriculture, 
and North Carolina is reaping a golden harvest thereby. 

2. About the year 1878 the example of the Federal gov- 
ernment and that of certain Northern States, induced Colonel 
Leonidas L. Polk, who had been recently made the State 
Commissioner of Agriculture, to establish a fish hatchery at 
the mouth of Salmon Creek in Bertie county. This estab- 
lishment has hatched and liberated a very large number of 
shad and other varieties of fish, and valuable returns are seen 
in some of the rivers that have been in this manner replen- 
ished with this savory and abundant source of food. It has 
been satisfactorily demonstrated by Seth Green, of New York, 
and other naturalists, that fish which are spawned in fresh 
water and reared at sea, almost invariably seek the place of 
their birth in the spring, when they reach maturity. 

3. In addition to this artificial increase of the supply of 
fish, there have been large additions made to the means of 
their capture. The use of steam in the handling of the long 


seines, and the great weirs known as " Dutch Nets" have 
opened the way to an indefinite increase of the amount taken, 
while the use of ice and rapid transportation make it possible 
to deliver the fish fresh in the markets of the western cities. 

4. This trade is also supplemented in the same region by 
much attention to the growth and sale of vegetables. All the 
requirements as to position, soil and climate are abundantly 
filled by the counties with alluvial soils along the sea-coast. 
Heavy crops of Irish potatoes and garden peas are reared on 
the same land which, later in the year, supplies a second crop 
of cotton and corn. 

5. In the same eastern counties, the products of the farms 
have been increased by a large and rapidly extending area 
devoted to the production of pea-nuts and high-land rice. 
With the exception of a limited supply of the former article, 
grown above Wilmington by Nicholas Nixon and his neigh- 
bors, there was seen in other communities only a few small 
patches for the use of the family, but with no design of sale 
or shipment. In many eastern counties the fields of pea- 
nuts are, of late years, almost as abundant as thoseof cotton. 
The same history belongs to the high-land rice. This great 
staple of human diet is rapidly becoming a favorite crop, and 
mills for its preparation are fast making their appearance in 
different localities. 

6. Nowhere else in the State has there been so great an 
increase in trade as in the city of Wilmington. Many ships 
from foreign ports began to visit Cape Fear River, and, from 
different cities in other States, regular lines of steam packets 
were established, which greatly facilitated the means of com- 
munciation. The mercantile establishments of DeRosset & 
Sons, Worth & Worth, Williams & Murchison, Kerchner & 


Calder Brothers, and others were leaders in commercial circles, 
and were instrumental in building up the great and growing 
traffic of this, the largest city in the State. . 

7. Great and repeated appropriations were made from time 
to time by the United States Congress, for the improvement 
of Cape Fear and other water-courses in North Carolina. 
The closing of New Inlet is believed by Mr. Henry Nutt, 
and the Wilmington people, to be entirely efficacious in the 
effort to deepen the approach by way of the river's mouth. 
A stone barrier of great length and stability shuts off the 
flow of water, except past Fort Caswell, and the happiest 
results are already realized. 

8. In the instance of New Bern, another shipping point of 
importance had been largely developed in the years since the 
close of the war. There, too, was the terminus of prosperous 
freight lines, employing many large steam vessels that yet ply 
regularly between Neuse River and cities beyond the borders 
of the State. In this city, George Allen, Colonel John D. 
Whitford and other active and intelligent men have largely 
augmented the activity of its market. A great trade in lum- 
ber and garden produce is improved by cotton and other 
factories, that add largely to the population and means of the 

1876. 9. In this state of advancement as to her material 
interests, North Carolina again became excited, in 1876, over 
the choice of new men for Chief Magistrates, both of the 
Republic and the State. 

10. After eight years of service as President of the United 
States, General Grant was to retire to private life, and Gov- 
ernor Brogden, who had succeeded Governor Caldwell upon 
the death of the latter, in 1874, was also near the end of his 


services as Governor of North Carolina. No gubernatorial 
election was ever more exciting to the State. It resulted in 
the choice of ex-Governor Z. B. Vance over Judge Thomas 
Settle of the Supreme Court. 

1877. 11. North Carolina had been for years in full pos- 
session of the blessings of home rule, but this had not been 
the case with all of the Southern States. In the complica- 
tions which resulted in the seating of Governor Hayes as 
President of the United States, there was such a change effected 
that the Federal army was no longer employed to uphold the 
reconstructed officials in Louisiana and South Carolina, and 
the people of these States, at last, were left to the manage- 
ment of their own affairs. With this consummation so long 
and devoutly wished, came that peace and contentment to all 
sections which had been unknown since 1861. 


1. How have the agricultural pursuits of the State been benefited. 

2. What new enterprise was inaugurated in 1878 ? What has been the 
results of the hatchery? What fact has been proven concerning fish? 

3. What is said of the improvement in the means of catching fish ? 

4. What other species of trade is found in the eastern counties? 

5. What is said of the production of pea-nuts ? 

6. Can you tell something of the growth and trade of Wilmington? 

7. How has the navigation of the Cape Fear Eiver been improved? 

8. What other sea-port city is now mentioned? What is said of its 
commercial interests. 

9. How was the State excited in 1876? 

10. What was the result of this election ? 

11. What is said of the events of the past few years? 




A. D, 1878. 

1878. No employment, except agriculture, exceeds in im- 
portance that of the merchant. North Carolina is shut off 
from foreign commerce by the sand barriers on the coast. 
Only at Beaufort, on Old Topsail Inlet, can be found such an 
entrance to internal waters as promises safety to the mariner 
who would approach with his deep-laden vessel. But, while 
this has precluded the possibility of great commercial activity 
in North Carolina, there has not been a lack of men, at any 
period of our history, to illustrate the dignity and importance 
of legitimate traffic. Cornelius Harnett and Joseph Hewes 
were as conspicuous for financial success as they were for 
patriotism during the Revolution. 

2. With the return of peace to the belligerent States, North 
Carolina was commercially prostrate. The merchants and the 
banks w r ere almost all ruined in the general impoverishment 
of their debtors. The supply of cotton which remained on 
hand at the cessation of hostilities, was about all that had been 
left in the general wreck, upon which trade could be again 
commenced with parties at a distance. 

3. Raleigh had never been recognized as a trade centre. 
A few stores on Fayetteville street, between the State-House 
and where the Federal building now stands, were the repre- 
sentatives of their class in the city. Cotton was very little 
grown in that region of the State, and no market for its sale 
had ever existed nearer than Norfolk and Petersburg. 


4. But this state of affairs was not to continue. Numbers 
of young men, combining great energy and judgment with 
small capital, came to the city and began the work of expand- 
ing its trade and resources. It has not, like Durham, risen 
up in a few years from almost nothing, but so great a change 
has been wrought, that the story of its growth is one of the 
most striking incidents in the State's history. 

5. The extension of the railway lines has opened up new 
custom in many counties that had never previously dealt with 
merchants of the place, and the enterprise of such houses as 
those of the Tucker Brothers; A. Creech; Yeargan, Petty & 
Co.; Julius Lewis & Co.; T. H. Briggs &Sons; R. B. An- 
drews & Co., has extended Raleigh's trade to all points of the 
compass. In the instance of the great retail dry goods firm 
composed of W. H. H. and R. S. Tucker, an old house now 
grown historic in the land, special prominence has been won. 
This establishment was founded in 1818, by two brothers, 
Ruffin and William Calson Tucker. They were young, and 
only possessed one hundred and twenty-five dollars as capital. 
They opened their store in a small wooden building situated 
on the exact spot where the elegant brick edifice now stands. 

6. This building was erected in 1867, by the present firm, 
and was the first of the kind built in the city. In spite of 
heavy losses by the war, they re-established their business 
upon a far greater basis than ever before. The occasion was 
made memorable in the delivery of an oration by ex-Gov- 
ernor Swain. The Messrs. Tucker have both been liberally 
educated, and thus gave token of their broad views by dedi- 
cating to public uses a much-needed assembly room, in the 
commodious "Tucker Hall." 


7. In the progress of the State, no greater change has been 
seen in the habits of the people than in the matter of the 
apparel of men and boys. As early as 1847, E. L. Harding 
established in Raleigh, just below what is now Tucker Hall, 
a depot of ready-made clothing, but the almost unbroken 
custom of that day, and still later, was to wear clothes that 
had been spun, woven and made up on the farms or by tailors 
in the towns of the State. Since the close of the war, almost 
all classes of men have dressed from supplies prepared in the 
great cities. 

8. The firm of R. B. Andrews & Co. are the pioneers in 
this branch of trade, and yet remain the largest dealers of the 
kind in North Carolina. Mr. Andrews was in the house as 
a clerk before the war, and re-opened it on the return of peace. 
He was joined by Mr. Seymour W. Whiting in 1878. 
Under wise management, the business has constantly grown, 
until a building two hundred and ten feet long and five stories 
high has become necessary to meet the exigencies of the firm, 
whose trade has become immense in its proportions. 

9. Another one of the most successful merchants of Raleigh 
is Alexander Creech. In the early days of 1850 this mer- 
cantile establishment was opened with a stock of dry goods, 
and the business has been continued for more than thirty years, 
with only a slight interruption during the late war. The 
development of the city as a cotton market induced Mr. 
Creech to give special attention to the wholesale branch of his 
business, and in this respect also, he has achieved a remarka- 
ble success. This house has gradually expanded in the 
volume of its trade until it has reached unprecedented mag- 



10. In the sum of the city's growth and inprovement 
another important factor is seen in the development of the hard- 
ware establishments. The large and elegant building occu- 
pied by the builders, Messrs. Thomas H. Briggs & Sons, is 
the seat of the oldest representative of this class. No man 
has done more for the enlargement and adornment of the city 
than the senior member, in his employment as architect and 
contractor; and the hardware trade, which was originally 
subservient to his other engagements, has grown into a large 
and lucrative traffic. 

11. The kindred establishments of Julius Lewis & Co. and 
J. C. Brewster & Co. of Raleigh, also Hart & Bailey 
in Wilmington, George Allen in Newbern, and others, are 
worthy rivals in this important accessory to human wants and 
industry. Among the varied and wonderous natural resources 
of North Carolina, are coal and iron mines, that render possi- 
ble the establishment of forges and lathes, and the building 
up of new Birminghams and Sheffields in our midst. 

12. The development of commerce and manufactures is the 
great hope of the "Old North State." The enterprise and 
capital of this and other communities are seeking oppor- 
tunities of investment, and the day is fast coming when North 
Carolina will rival Pennsylvania in the variety and excellence 
of her manufactures. The "Cotton Exchange" of Raleigh is 
aiding very largely in building up the business of the city to 
vast proportions. The quantity of cotton sold in Raleigh has 
been rapidly increasing annually since the war, and the receipts 
for the year 1880 amounted to over seventy-six thousand bales. 
In 1869 the entire product of the State was only one hundred 
and forty-five thousand bales. 

13. In all the towns and cities of North Carolina may be 
found a considerable number of Israelites, engaged in the 


various branches of trade; and this class of our citizens has 
added no little to the general growth and material prosperity 
of the State. They have synagogues at Wilmington, Char- 
lotte, Raleigh, Goldsboro and New Bern. 

Note.— Another one of the important industries of the State is the 
manufacture of paper. The "Falls of Neuse Paper Mill," situated near 
Raleigh, was organized in 1854, and has been almost constantly worked 
since that time. Just after the close of hostilities, in 1865, this mill had 
the contract of supplying the printing paper used by three great New York 
daily newspapers: the Herald, the Tribune and the Times. Other large 
paper mills were established in Cleveland and Lincoln counties in 1866, 
and are all in full operation. The daily and weekly newspapers of North 
Carolina are now largely supplied with printing papers by the mills of the 
State. The first paper mill in North Carolina was erected near Hillsboro, 
in 1778; the second one was built at Salem, in 1789, by Gotleib Shober. 


1. What are the most important employments in a State ? What is some 
of North Carolina's commercial advantages? 

2. What was the financial condition of the people at the close of the 
war ? 

3. What is said of Raleigh as a trade centre ? 

4. In what way did trade matters begin to improve at the capital ? 

5. What business houses are mentioned ? What is said of the growth 
of the Tuckers ? 

6. What further mention is made of this firm ? 

7. What other branch of business is next described? 

8. What is said of R. B. Andrews & Co.? 

9. Can you tell something of Alexander Creech's dry goods establish- 
ment ? 

10. Give an account of the growth of the hardware house of Briggs & 


11. What other hardware firms are mentioned? What is said of the 
State's natural resources? 

12. What else is said of North Carolina's commercial prospects ? 
What advantages has Raleigh derived from the Cotton Exchange ? 

13. What is said of the Israelites ? 



A. D. 1879. 

1879. The Raleigh & Gaston Railroad originally con- 
nected the two places that gave name to the route. It was 
necessary, in reaching Raleigh from the Albemarle region, to 
go to Weldon, and then, by the Petersburg Railroad, the junc- 
tion in Greenville county, Virginia, gave access by a short line 
to Gaston. It was not until about 1853 that the Raleigh & 
Gaston route was extended directly down the Roanoke River 
to Weldon. This was a great facility to both trade and traffic 
on this important line, yet twenty years elapsed in the pro- 
gress of internal communication before this short link could 
be added. 

2. A great trunk line, extending east and west through the 
whole length of the State, has been long a favorite scheme of 
many statesmen in the effort to build up a sea-port at Beaufort. 
But, in the progress of the late war it became all-important 
to the Confederate government to tap the North Carolina 
road at Greensboro, in order that troops and military freights 
might be speedily conveyed to Petersburg and Richmond by 
way of Danville. The new road to Clarksville was stript of 
its iron to supply this route, and has never recovered from that 
act of spoliation. 

3. The completion of the lines leading from Charlotte to 
Wilmington, Charlotte to Statesville, from Raleigh to Hamlet, 
the Yadkin Valley from Fayette ville to Greensboro, and the 
Western North Carolina Road from Salisbury to Asheville, 


and the Paint Rock have enormously increased the facilities 
for traffic and travel in tire State. In addition to these lines, 
new routes from Jamesville to Washington, from Rocky 
Mount to Tarboro, from Norfolk to Elizabeth City and 
Edenton, and from Henderson to Oxford have also been 
recently added to the railway system. 

4. The road from Winston to Greensboro has resulted in 
the creation of a city alongside of ancient Salem which is in 
every respect the compeer of Durham in the swiftness of its 
growth and the amount of its trade and manufactures. Wins- 
ton, Durham and Reidsville have arisen almost like magic, and 
are expanding into such importance that Charlotte, Salisbury 
and Greensboro have all felt the consequences of their growth 
in trade and population. 

5. The city of Charlotte has greatly prospered and has 
become important for its large trade and railway interests. 
Perhaps nowhere else in the State have the citizens of a city 
shown greater enterprise. Its merchants, lawyers and editors 
have all won the respect and admiration of other communities, 
and have raised their city to such prosperity that it is now 
rapidly becoming a rival of Wilmington and Raleigh and 
taking place in the front rank among North Carolina's empo- 

Note. — One of the most remarkable scenes ever witnessed in North 
Carolina was the famous centennial anniversary of the signing of the 
Mecklenburg Declaration. It filled Charlotte with thousands of visitors, 
among whom were the Governors of several States, and many other dis- 
tinguished American citizens. Ex-Governor W. A. Graham, Judge John 
Kerr, Governor Brogden and others delivered orations, and the citizen- 
soldiers of the State were gathered to do honor to an event "that had made 
Charlotte forever sacred to history and song." This occurrence was, of 
course, on May 20th, 1875, and just one hundred years later than the con- 
course ordered bv Colonel Thomas Polk. 


6. Fayetteville, Asheville and Statesville have also afforded 
remarkable instances of thrift and expansion in the busy 
latter years of our State history. Asheville, besides being a 
favorite resort as a watering place, supplements its summer 
festivities with large numbers of visitors avoiding the rigors 
of winter months elsewhere. It is becoming a railway centre 
and is fast developing a large and lucrative trade. 

7. The tendency toward the erection of manufactories, and 
the recent influx of foreign immigrants, are happy auguries 
for the continued prosperity and growth of towns in the State. 
The wondrous diversity of products of the soil, the extent of 
the forests and the richness of the mines, all combine to 
demonstrate the ease with which the success of other American 
States can be rivalled in our own. 

8. Already the mountains have been pierced by the rail- 
way from Salisbury. Other lines from Virginia, South Caro- 
lina and Tennessee are being constructed, so that every por- 
tion even of the mountainous region will soon be within easy 
reach of the markets of the world. The Cranberry Iron 
ores, the matchless Mica quarries and the Corundum deposits, 
are all being made available to commerce, and will realize 
valuable returns for the capital employed upon them. 

9. Not the least remarkable among the new industries of 
the western counties is the collection and shipment of Gin- 
seng and other valuable medical roots and herbs. A firm in 
Statesville, Wallace & Co., have been, for years past, employ- 
ing large capital in this business, which seems capable of 
indefinite extension. The preparation of dried fruits is another 
lucrative addition to the resources of the same region. 

10. Years ago, attention was called to the fact that at cer- 
tain elevations in the mountains there was no frost to be seen 


at any period of the year; and this immunity has been turned 
to valuable account by the fruit growers, and now great 
orchards are found in many parts of the western counties, and 
the shipments of very fine apples show the cultivation given 
to them. 

11. North Carolina is not only the original habitation of 
the scuppernong grape, but also of the luscious Catawba. 
This latter fine fruit which has proven so valuable to the 
nurseries of Cincinnati, is at home in this latitude, and Colonel 
Wharton J. Green, at the Tokay Vineyard, and others, have 
shown the excellence of the wines manufactured in our midst. 

12. Colonel Nicholas- Williams, of Yadkin county, was, 
before 1861, famous for the production of a stronger bever- 
age, derived from rye and corn; and many distilleries have 
been continued in the western counties, in spite of the gov- 
ernment regulations that carry so many men as culprits to the 
Federal prisons. The offenders, known as "Moonshiners," 
are those who make and sell whisky without paying the 
United States for a license in the trade. These transgressors 
of the law have for years been hunted like Italian bandits, 
and not unfrequently blood has been shed in defence of the 
hidden distilleries. 


1. What is the subject of this lesson? What is said of the extension of 
the Raleigh & Gaston Railroad? Go to the map and point out this road? 

2. What favorite trunk line has long been desired? What road was 
specially important to the Confederate government? Point out this road 
on the map. 

3. What roads are mentioned as haying been recently completed? 
Point out these on the map. 

4. What towns are now mentioned, and what is said of their growth? 
Locate them on the map? 


5. What is said of the prosperity of the city of Charlotte ? 

6. What mention is made of Fayetteville, Asheville and Statesville? 
Find these towns on the map? 

7. What have been the causes of the rapid growth of the towns in the 

8. What further prosperity is noticed. 

9. What other industry is described ? Can you tell anything of this 
valuable production? (Teacher will explain.) 

10. What is said of the western fruit growers? 

11. What excellent varieties of grape are natives of North Carolina? 
What is said of the Catawba grape? 

12. What is mentioned of the manufacture of stronger liquors? 




A. D, 1880. 

1880. It would seem natural that the connection of Sir 
Walter Raleigh with the history of North Carolina should have 
redounded to the literary tendencies of a people blessed with 
such a eod-father. He was so full of genius and devotion to 
letters, that a special impetus ought thereby to have been given 
to the cultivation of a similar spirit among those who were to 
inhabit the land of his love. But, though Hariot, Lawson, 
and quaint Dr. Brickell were moved with such a spirit, the 
muses have not made the Old North State very remarkable 
in this respect. 

2. North Carolina has always been, since its settlement, the 
home of some highly cultivated people, but all the while the 
mass of the population has possessed but little knowledge 
of books. This fact has been a great discouragement to the 
production of authors. Professions are not eagerly sought 
when not encouraged by the sympathy and support of the 
public. The absence of schools and learning has led to public 
apathy as to books, and, in many regions, even to this day, 
not even a newspaper is read except by men few and far 

3. In the period just preceding the revolt from British rule, 
Edward Moseley and Samuel Swann had been succeeded by 
men who possessed better literary opportunities, and were 
more devoted to general* culture than had been these two able 



and accomplished lawyers. Moseley, with every acquirement, 
could never bring to any of his many controversies with Gov- 
ernor Pollock and others, such flowers of rhetoric as Judge 
Maurice Moore lavished upon his famous "Attieus Letter/' 

4. That production was just such an attack upon Governor 
Tryon, for his conduct toward the Regulators, as, a few years 
later, immortalized the English writer, who is to this day only 
known by his signature, "Junius." When Judge Moore and 
his compeer, Cornelius Harnett, were growing old, William 
Hooper, Archibald Machine, and the first James Iredell were 
young lawyers, who travelled to all the Superior Courts in 
the State and mingled belles-lettres largely with their inspec- 
tions of Coke and the new lectures of Dr. Blackstone. 

5. No man or woman then in North Carolina wrote books 
as a profession, but the copious correspondence of that day, 
which yet survives, and upon which fifty cents were paid as 
postage for each letter, proves that what was called "polite 
literature" engaged much of their attention. They made fine 
speeches, and Judge Iredell wrote a law-book and frequent 
dissertations for the newspapers; but, beyond this, and an 
occasional pamphlet, no literary tasks were undertaken. 

6. Dr. Hugh Williamson was a man of similar habits. He 
was not only a skillful physician, but served with credit as a 
college professor, and a member of the Convention at Phila- 
delphia which formed the Federal Constitution, and he was 
also a member of the United States Congress. After ceasing 
to be a citizen of this State, he undertook to write its history; 
but achieved very moderate success as an author. 

7. In the lapse of years, this task was again undertaken 
by Judge Francois Xavier Martin. He came from France 
when a boy, and practiced law for seventeen years at New 


Bern. His compilation of the statutes and history of North 
Carolina were invaluable labors, and will ever render him 
memorable in our annals. His dry statement of facts was 
generally correct, and he fell into very few errors, considering 
that he was the first to attempt anything like a full record of 
the State's past; and this was accomplished in his new home 
in Louisiana. 

8. Joseph Sea well Jones was a remarkable man in many 
respects. He was brilliant in social life, and became well- 
known to the literary and fashionable circles of New York 
and Washington. His love for North Carolina was intense, 
and the "Defense" he wrote exhibits both talent and research. 
His infirmities of temper impaired his judgment, but his 
memory should ever be cherished in his native State for the 
services he rendered. After the gay scenes of his early man- 
hood, he spent many years on a Mississippi plantation. His 
last book was entitled "My Log Cabin in the Prairie." 

9. Early in the present century, the literary aspects of the 
State were brightened by men who had attended as students 
on Dr. Joseph Caldwell's ministrations at Chapel Hill. His 
tendencies were all so practical that scientific and mechanical 
development was more encouraged than lighter subjects, but 
Hardy B. Croom, Joseph A. Hill, Judge A. D. Murphy, and 
Rev. Drs. William Hooper and Francis L. Hawks were early 
distinguished for the elegance of their literary acquirements. 

10. Judge William Gaston left just enough literary memo- 
rials to cause us to regret that he did not attempt more things 
of the kind. His ode to Carolina, and certain orations, will 
never be forgotten. Judge Robert Strange was also possessed 
of similar gifts. Philo Henderson, Walker Anderson, and 
Abraham F. Morehead were largely gifted in poetic power. 


Each of them, at rare intervals, indulged in compositions that 
show what might have been accomplished had they been 
authors by profession and not mere literary amateurs. 

11. Colonel John H. Wheeler and Rev. Dr. Calvin H. 
Wiley have both executed tasks that will render their names 
household words for ages to come. The historical contribu- 
tions of the former are of the greatest possible value, and are 
highly prized in every portion of the State. Rev. Drs. Hub- 
bard, Foote, Hawks and Caruthers, and ex-Governors Graham 
and Swain have each been large contributors to the same 
cause. Rev. Dr. Charles F. Deems and the lamented Edwin 
W. Fuller added much to the fame of our writers. Pro- 
fessors Richard Sterling and William Bingham have contri- 
buted excellent educational text-books, which do great credit 
to the talented authors. The recent "History of Rowan 
County," by Rev. Jethro Rumple, is both pleasing and valu- 
able as a tribute to our local traditions. 

12. In addition to the authors mentioned, there have been 
other members of the Bar of North Carolina who have pro- 
duced legal works of very great importance and value, not 
only to our own practitioners, but also to lawyers of other 
States. The most prominent writers of this class of literature 
were James Iredell, Edward Cantwell, Benjamin Swaim, 
William Eaton, Jr., B. F. Moore, S. P. Olds, William H. 
Battle and Quentin Busbe<?, of former years; followed, in 
later times, by A. W. Tourgee, William H. Bailey, and 

Note.— The State, while possessing a number of excellent musicans, has 
not produced many musical compositions of special merit — but the two 
songs, "The Old North State," by Hon. William Gaston; and "Ho, for 
Carolina," by Rev. William B. Harrell, will ever remain favorites with 
our people. 


Fabius H. Busbee. These law books have been chiefly digests, 
revisals aud manuals of practice. 

13. Gifted women have not been wanting amid these liter- 
ary people. Mrs. Cornelia Phillips Spencer, Mrs. Cicero W. 
Han-is, Mrs. Mary Mason and Mrs. Mary Bayard Clarke 
have made valuable contributions to the literature of their 
era. In the case of Miss Frances Fisher, under the assumed 
name of "Chistian Reid," a most signal success is to be chroni- 
cled. She has given to the press many excellent stories and 
established a national fame as a novelist. 

14. North Carolina has produced many able newspaper 
editors. Joseph Gales and his two sons, Edward J. Hale, 
ex-Governor W. W. Holden, William J. Yates, William L. 
Saunders, S. A. Ashe, T. B. Kingsbury, R. B. Creecy, Dossey 
Battle, C. W. Harris, P. M. Hale, and other gifted men, have 
wielded a wide influenee on the people of the State. 


Of what does this lesson treat? 

1. Who is the first literary man known to North Carolina? What is 
said of him? What others are mentioned in this connection? 

2. What has been the general condition of literary matters in the State? 
Why have so few professional authors been seen? 

3. What is said of Samuel Swann and Edward Moseley? Who was 
author of the " Atticus Letter?" 

4. What mention is made of the ''Atticus Letter"? Who were the 
literary men of that period? 

5. What is said of the correspondence of that day? What was the 
extent of Judge Iredell's literary efforts? 

6. What is said of the attainments of Dr. Hugh Williamson? 

7. What other historians are mentioned, and what is said of them ? 

8. Tell something of the labors of Joseph Seawell Jones? 

9. What produced an improvement in literary affairs early in the 
present century? 


10. Wh:it is said of the ode to Carolina and its author? What writers 
of similar gifts are named ? 

11. What is said of the literary efforts of Colonel Wheeler and Dr. 
Wiley? What other historical writers are mentioned? Who have con- 
tributed to the State valuable series of school books? 

12. What members of the Bar have produced legal works of great value? 

13. Can you tell something of the gifted women of the State? 

14. What prominent editors has the State furnished? 



A. D, 1880. 

As was intended by the men who framed the Constitution 
of North Carolina at Halifax, in 1776, the University of the 
State has long held the leadership of such institutions in the 
Commonwealth. The unfortunate and inexcusable inter- 
ference of politicians with its management, during they ears 
of reconstruction, only resulted in its temporary eclipse. The 
public refused it patronage when the new managers had 
installed a strange faculty in the seats of Governor Swain and 
his long-honored coadjutors; but the Convention of 1875 
provided for the restoration of the ancient order of things, and, 
since that period, prosperity has returned, both to the Univer- 
sity and the beautiful village in which it is situated. 

2. Many useful reforms have been accomplished in its cur- 
riculum and management. Perhaps never before was seen 
such devotion to study and compliance with the rules on the 
part of the students. The President, Dr. Kemp P. Battle, 
had been much identified with the institution before assuming 
charge of its fortunes. His learning, combined with public 
experience, made him a wise ruler of the literary community 
over which he was called to preside; and the excellence of the 
new faculty is becoming every day more evident in the 
scholarship and bearing of the young men who are sent out 
from its halls. 


3. Wake Forest College is the oldest of the sectarian col- 
leges of the State, and has long vindicated its usefulness 
among the Baptist Churches. Its first intended end was the 
education of young men for the ministry, but this has been 
largely augmented by the successes of its graduates in every 
other branch of human usefulness in our midst. The councils 
of the State, and the learned professions have been greatly 
illustrated by men who laid the foundations of their success 
by diligent application to their duties while attending as stu- 
dents at Wake Forest. 

4. In the recent death of Rev. Dr. W. M. Wingate, the 
institution lost a president who had given long and signal 
service; but, in his successor, Rev. Dr. T. H. Pritchard, 
perhaps even higher executive qualities are seen. Wake For- 
est catalogue has latterly contained about two hundred names 
of students, and, through the munificence of certain friends, 
the college has received great additions to" the buildings and 

5. Davidson College has also immensely developed in the 
last few years. Not only in increased patronage, but in the 
grade of scholarship a great advance has been achieved so 
that few institutions in America afford higher and more 
thorough instruction than is now enjoyed by the young men 
who avail themselves of the advantages here offered. 

6. The same things may be said of Trinity College, under 
the direction of Rev. Dr. B. Craven. The pulpits of the 
Methodist Churches in North Carolina have long borne evi- 
dence of the literary and moral excellence imparted to the 
graduates, and in many other respects the whole State has been 
benefited and elevated by contact with such men. 


7. The female seminaries at Salem, Greensboro, Raleigh, 
Murfreesboro, Thomasville, Wilson, Oxford, and Lonisbnrg, 
have also prospered in this era of general advancement among 
the North Carolina schools. Large numbers of young ladies 
from other States are sent to them for education, and, in the 
noble emulation thus evolved, admirable instruction is obtained. 

8. Among preparatory schools, that of Major Robert Bing- 
ham, at Mebaneville, in Alamance county, is, by common 
consent, supreme in North Carolina, and perhaps, in the South, 
not only in number of students, but in the excellence of tuition, 
discipline and drill. On the catalogue of this institution will 
be found the names of young men from almost every State in 
the Union, and even some foreign countries are represented. 

9.- Other similar institutions have long flourished at Ral- 
eigh, Oxford, Greensboro and elsewhere, and all of them are 
having a large influence for good upon the young men of the 
State. The Normal Schools at Chapel Hill, and other towns, 
have been largely attended by teachers, and great interest is 
also manifested in the graded schools. At no previous period 
has so much attention been bestowed upon matters of this kind 
by the people of North Carolina. 

10. Soon after the conclusion of the late war — in the month 
of December, 1865 — a colored school for both sexes was 
founded through the exertions of the Rev. H. M. Tupper, at 
the State capital, and called the " Raleigh Institute." On 
account of large donations from Elijah Shaw, of Massachu- 
setts, and Jacob Estey, of Vermont, it was, in 1875, changed 
in name; the male school then became "Shaw University/' 
and the female department was called "Estey Seminary." 
Spacious and well-built edifices were reared on different por- 
tions of the grounds, and hundreds of colored pupils have been 

in attendance since its foundation. 



11. Iii a different section of the city exists another semi- 
nary of similar character for the colored people, founded 
in 1867, by the Rev. Dr. James Brinton Smith. This is called 
"St. Augustine Normal School and Collegiate Institute/' 
It has been for some years under the charge of Rev. John E. 
C. Smedes, and is under Episcopal patronage. Though not 
so largely attended as Shaw University, it is still of great 
benefit to the race it was intended to educate, and in this way 
is also a blessing to the community at large. Another excel- 
lent school for the colored people is located at Fayette ville, 
and others are to be found in various sections of the State. 

Note. — One of the most prominent of the graded schools in the State 
was organized at Raleigh, in 1876, and named the "Centennial Graded 
School." It has been, ever since its organization, under the superior 
direction and management of Captain John E. Dugger. The great success 
of this institution has led the citizens of other towns in the State to estab- 
lish schools of like character. There are now to be found flourishing 
graded schools at Salisbury, Fayetteville, Goldsboro, Wilson, Greensboro, 
Charlotte, Wilmington and New Bern. Several towns also, contain excel- 
lent schools of this description for the colored people, and their effective- 
ness is rapidly becoming apparent. 


1. What is this lesson about? What was the intent of the Halifax 
Constitution concerning the University? What is said of this institution 
during the years of reconstruction? When was it re-established? 

2. How has the University been benefited by its new management? 

3. What is said of the success of Wake Forest College? 

4. Tell something of its management? 

5. Give an account of the progress of Davidson College. 

6. What is said of Trinity College and its work? 

7. What female seminaries are now mentioned? What has been their 

8. What have been the peculiar successes of the Bingham School? 


9. Where are other fine schools for boys to be found? What other 
schools are mentioned? 

10. (Jive an account of the Kaleigh Institute for colored people. By 
what name is this institution now known? 

11. What is said of the Saint Augustine Normal School? Where are 
other excellent schools for the colored people to be found ? 




A. D. 1881. 

The Convention of 1875 resulted in other benefits beyond 
the resuscitation of the State University. In the financial 
prostration consequent upon the late war, a large debt was 
due from North Carolina to creditors who held the bonds of 
the State. That portion of these bonds which had been issued 
before the war was considered an honorable burden, that should 
be discharged by such payment as might be fixed by agree- 
ment, made between the Commissioners representing the State 
and the bond-holders. 

2. In this way a compromise was effected, and new bonds 
have been issued which embrace a large proportion of what 
was honestly due from the State to her creditors. For those 
which were made in defiance of the terms of the Constitution 
and appropriated almost entirely by dishonest officials, no pro- 
vision has been made, and probably, will never be. 

3. When, in 1876, the great quadrennial contest for the 
Presidency of the Union again recurred, it was rightly con- 
sidered one of the most momentous crises that had yet 
occurred in American history. The great issue was as to the 
continuance of State governments. The recent habits of 
General Grant in his dealing with Southern Commonwealths 
had virtually ignored their separate existence. In the strange 
and unprecedented action of Congress that resulted in the 
seating of Governor Hayes as President, the Federal troops 
were withdrawn and the people of the States left to administer 
their own affairs, and State governments were recognized. 


4. Ex-Governor Vance was this year elected over Judge 
Thomas Settle to the Chief Magistracy, as has already been 
stated. General M. W. Ransom and ex- Judge A. S. Merri- 
mon were sent to. the United States Senate, in the place of 
John Pool and General J. C. Abbott. Through the efforts of 
our Congressmen, many needed appropriations by Congress 
have been secured to North Carolina, and their result is 
specially noticeable in the great improvement of the ship chan- 
nels of the Cape Fear and other rivers. 

5. Upon the election of Governor Vance to the United 
States Senate, February 8th, 1879, he was succeeded by Lieu- 
tenant-Governor T. J. Jar vis. The latter had served as a 
Captain of the Eighth North Carolina Regiment in the late 
war, and subsequently, as Speaker of the House of Represen- 
tatives. Upon a new election, Chief-Justice William N. H. 
Smith, John H. Dillard and Thomas S. Ashe were chosen 
as members of the Supreme Court. After long and illustri- 
ous service, Chief- Justice Pearson had died in 1878, on his 
way to attend its session in Raleigh. 

6. The public charities of the State have been enlarged and 
elevated in their ministrations. The recent adoption of the 
Orphan Asylum at Oxford as a recipient of the State's 
bounty, the erection of a colored Deaf and Dumb Asylum, the 
erection of an hospital for the insane of the colored race, and 
the great building at Morgan ton for additional service to white 
lunatics, are only portions of the recent humanities inaugu- 
rated by the General Assembly. 

7. Perhaps in no other respect is such prospect of physical 
improvement possible as the development of the mining inter- 
ests of the State. Capital from abroad is flowing in, and from 
many counties fresh discoveries of mineral deposits are lead- 


ing to the establishment of companies and firms for the pur- 
pose of working such mines. No other State of the Union 
presents such a variety of these rich and beautiful gifts of 
nature. The recent discovery, in the western part of the State, 
of a new gem, called the " Hiddenite," is attracting general 
attention and increasing the influx of visitors to the romantic 
scenery of the mountains. 

8. For years past, it has been evident to intelligent observers 
that no bar existed to illimitable progression, both to North 
Carolina and the great American Republic, except in the sense- 
less and cruel sectional hostilities. If the people, North and 
South, could only be induced to surrender their mutual dis- 
trust and aversion, thereby would disappear the last danger 
left to the American people. 

1881. 9. God has blessed them year by year with over- 
flowing barns. They are already one of the most numerous 
and wealthy of all nations; and yet, with so many blessings, 
.sectional hatred had become the ruling emotion in countless 
breasts. Amid such a state of affairs, General James A. Gar- 
field became President of the United States. In his great mis- 
sion of restoring concord to the sections, on the 2d day of 
July he was shot down in Washington by an assassin. The 
news of this crime, when flashed over the electric wires, car- 

Note. — Among the minerals of North Carolina are found the following : 
Marl, Iron, Coal, Peat, Limestone, Gold, Copper, Silver, Lead, Zinc, Mica, 
Graphite, Corundum and Hiddenite; besides Manganese, Kaolin, Fireclay, 
Talc, Pyrophylite, Whetstone, Grindstone and Millstone grits ; a great variety 
of building stones, including Serpentine, Marble, Chromic Iron, Barytes, 
Oilshales, Buhrstone, Roofing Slates, and several precious stones, as Diamond, 
Agate, Garnet, Sapphire, Ruby, Beryl, and Amethyst. 

The first discovery of gold in the United States was in North Carolina, 
about 1799, and gold mines were worked in this State as early as 1820, 
twenty-seven years before the discovery of gold in California. 

( ( EXCLUSION. 303 

ried sorrow to the whole civilized world — and, of all the cities 
of the Union, Raleigh was the first to express, by public meet- 
ing, the indignation of her people at the deed. In the weeks 
of the President's subsequent agony, as he lay bravely and 
uncomplainingly battling with death, the hearts of the Ameri- 
can people were strangely drawn together in the presence 
of this common national calamity. 

10. When, on September 10th, it was announced that the 
long and painful struggle was ended, and the smitten states- 
man was at last eased of his agony by death, such grief was 
seen in all America as had never before been witnessed. In 
the presence of such a death all cries of dissension ceased to 
be heard, and, as if by some magic power, the universal sym- 
pathy and sorrow have restored concord to all the land, and 
every party and race has united in the general mourning. 

11. With the hope that such a spirit shall ever continue, and 
with humble reliance upon the Providence that has hitherto 
so abundantly blessed them, the citizens of North Carolina, 
with one accord, most heartily and sincerely pray. When 
at some future day, it shall have become necessary to add a 
new chapter to this little volume, perhaps all these earnest 
wishes of our people will have ripened into a joyous reality. 


1. What is said of the State at this period? 

2. How was a compromise effected in 1875? How does the State con- 
sider the unconstitutional debts? 

3. What is said of the Presidential contest of 1876? 

4. Wliat changes had been made in 1876 in North Carolina public 
officers. What appropriations from Congress has North Carolina received 
through efforts of her Senators? 

5. Who succeeded Governor Vance? Who became Supreme Court 


6. What mention is made of the public charities? 

7. What tends greatly to the physical improvement of the State. What 
is said of North Carolina's mineral wealth ? 

8. What has retarded the State's progress? 

9. What was the condition of this sectional feeling during the late 
Presidential campaign? What calamity befell the country on July 2d, 
1881? How did the news of this event affect the whole world? 

10. When did President Garfield die? What are the concluding reflec- 
tions upon this great national misfortune? 

11. What is the sincere desire of every true North Carolina patriot? 


.,,„ '"I" "III, ..if " "I! „„,,.. 




The Constitution of North Carolina is an important instru- 
ment to the people of the State. It contains all the funda- 
mental principles of our State government and ought to be 
carefully read and studied by every citizen of North Carolina. 

In order that the boys and girls who study this history 
may more thoroughly understand the meaning and provisions 
of the State Constitution, a series of "Questions" has been 
prepared with great care, by a distinguished citizen of the 
Commonwealth who is well acquainted with the subject. 

The pupils will become better informed on this subject if 
only short lessons are given to them for preparation. About 
one page of the text will be sufficient for a lesson if properly 
studied, and by this means a much greater amount of infor- 
mation will be retained than if a larger space is rapidly 
passed over. 





We, the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, 
the Sovereign Ruler of nations, for the preservation of the American Union, 
and the existence of our civil, political and religious liberties, and acknowl- 
edging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of those blessings to 
us and our posterity, do, for the more certain security thereof, and for the 
better government of this State, ordain and establish this Constitution : 



That the great, general and essential principles of liberty and free gov- 
ernment may be recognized and established, and that the relations of this 
State to the Union and government of the United States, and those of 
the people of this State to the rest of the American people may be definded 
and affirmed, we do declare: 

Section 1. That we hold it to be self-evident that all men are created 
equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable 
rights ; that among these are life, liberty, the enjoyment of the fruits of their 
own labor, and the pursuit of happiness. 

Sec. 2. That all political power is vested in, and derived from, the people ; 
all government of right originates from the people, is founded upon their 
will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the whole. 

Sec. 3. That the people of this State have the inherent, sole and exclu- 
sive right of regulating the internal government and police thereof, and of 
altering and abolishing their Constitution and form of government when- 
ever it may be necessary for their safety and happiness ; but every such 
right should be exercised in pursuance of law, and consistently with the 
Constitution of the United States. 


Sec. 4. That this State shall ever remain a member of the American 
Union; that the people thereof are part of the American Nation; that 
there is no right on the part of the State to secede, and that all attempts, 
from whatever source or upon whatever pretext, to dissolve said Union, or 
to sever said nation, ought to be resisted with the whole power of the 

Sec. 5. That every citizen of this State owes paramount allegiance to the 
Constitution and Government of the United States, and that no law or ordi- 
nance of the State in contravention or subversion thereof, can have any 
binding force. 

Sec. (>. The State shall never assume or pay, or authorize the collection 
of any debt or obligation, express or implied, incurred in aid of insurrec- 
tion or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or 
emancipation of any slave; nor shall the General Assembly assume or 
pay, or authorize the collection of any tax to pay either directly or 
indirectly, expressed or implied, any debt or bond incurred, or issued, 
by authority of the Convention of the year one thousand eight hundred 
and sixty-eight, nor any debt or bond incurred, or issued, by the Legis- 
lature of the year one thousand eight hundred and sixty-eight, either 
at its special session of the year one thousand eight hundred and sixty- 
eight, or at its regular sessions of the years one thousand eight hun- 
dred and sixty-eight and one thousand eight hundred and sixty-nine, 
and one thousand eight hundred and sixty-nine and one thousand eight 
hundred and seventy, except the bonds issued to fund the interest on 
•the old debt of the State, unless the proposing to pay the same shall have 
first been submitted to the people, and by them ratified by the vote of a 
majority of all the qualified voters of the State, at a regular election held 
for that purpose. 

Sec. 7. No man or set of men are entitled to exclusive or separate 
emoluments or privileges from the community but in consideration of 
public services. 

Sec. 8. The legislative, executive and supreme judicial powers of the 
government ought to be forever separate and distinct from each other. 

Sec. 9. All power of suspending laws, or the execution of laws, by any 
authority, without the consent of the representatives of the people, is inju- 
rious to their rights, and ought not to be exercised. 

Sec. 10. All elections ought to be free. 

Sec. 11. In all criminal prosecutions, every man has the right to be 
informed of the accusation against him and to confront the accusers and 


witnesses with other testimony, and to have counsel for his defence, and 
not he compelled to give evidence against himself, or to pay costs, jail fees, 
or necessary witness fees of the defence, unless found guilty. 

Sec. 12". No person shall be put to answer any criminal charge, except 
as hereinafter allowed, but by indictment, presentment or impeachment. 

Sec. 13. No person shall be convicted of any crime, but by the unanimous 
verdict of a jury of good and lawful men in open court. The Legislature 
may, however, provide other means of trial for petty misdemeanors, with 
the right of appeal. 

Sec. 14. Excessive bail should not be required, nor excessive fines im- 
posed, nor cruel or unusual punishments inflicted. 

Sec. 15. General warrants, whereby any officer or messenger may be 
commanded to search suspected places, without evidence of the act com- 
mitted, or to seize any person or persons not named, whose offence is not 
particularly described and supported by evidence, are dangerous to liberty, 
and ought not to be granted. 

Sec. 16. There'shall be no imprisonment for debt in this State, except in 
cases of fraud. 

Sec. 17. No person ought to be taken, imprisoned or disseized of his 
freehold, liberties or privileges, or outlawed or exiled, or in any manner 
deprived of his life, liberty or property, but by the law of the land. 

Sec. 18. Every person restrained of his liberty is entitled to a remedy 
to enquire into the lawfulness thereof, and to remove the same, if unlawful ; 
and such remedy ought not to be denied or delayed. 

Sec. 19. In all controversies at law respecting property, the ancient mode 
of trial by jury is one of the best securities of the rights of the people, and 
ought to remain sacred and inviolable. 

Sec. 20. The freedom of the press is one of the great bulwarks of lib- 
erty, and therefore ought never to be restrained, but every individual shall 
be held responsible for the abuse of the same. 

Sec. 21. The privileges of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be sus- 

Sec. 22. As political rights and privileges are not dependent upon, or 
modified by property, therefore no property qualification ought to affect 
the right to vote or hold office. 

Sec. 23. The people of the State ought not to be taxed, or made subject 
to the payment of any impost or duty, without the consent of themselves, 
or their representatives in General Assembly, freely given. 


Sec. 24. A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a 
free State, the right of the people to keep and - bear arms shall not be 
infringed ; and, as standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to lib- 
erty, they ought not to be kept up, and the military should be kept under 
strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power. Nothing herein 
contained shall justify the practice of carrying concealed weapons, or pre- 
vent the Legislature from enacting penal statutes against said practice. 

Sec. 25. The people have a right to assemble together to consult for their 
common good, to instruct their representatives, and to apply to the Legis- 
lature for redress of grievances. But secret political societies are danger- 
ous to the liberties of a free people, and should not be tolerated. 

Sec. 26. A1J men have a natural and unalienated right to worship 
Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences, and no 
human authority should, in any case whatever, control or interfere with 
the rights of conscience. 

Sec. 27. The people have the right to the privilege of education, and it 
is the duty of the State to guard and maintain that right. 

Sec. 28. For redress of grievances, and for amending and strengthening 
the laws, elections should be often held. 

Sec. 29. A frequent recurrence to fundamental principles is absolutely 
necessary to preserve the blessings of liberty. 

Sec. 30. No hereditary emoluments, privileges or honors ought to be 
granted or conferred in this State. 

Sec. 31. Perpetuities and monopolies are contrary to the genius of a free 
State, and ought not to be allowed. 

Sec. 32. Ketrospective laws, punishing acts committed before the exist- 
ence of such laws, and by them only declared criminal, are oppressive, 
unjust and incompatible with liberty, wherefore no ex post facto law ought 
to be made. No law taxing retrospectively sales, purchases, or other acts 
previously done, ought to be passed. 

Sec. 33. Slavery and involuntary servitude, otherwise than for crime, 
whereof the parties shall have been duly convicted, shall be, and are hereby, 
forever prohibited within the State. 

Sec. 34. The limits and boundaries of the State shall be and remain as 
they now are. 

Sec. 35. All courts shall be open; and every person for an injury done 
him in his lands, goods, person or reputation, shall have remedy by due 
course of law, and right and justice administered without sale, denial or 


Sec. 36. No soldier shall in time of peace be quartered in any house 
without the consent of the owner; nor in time of war, but in a manner 
prescribed by law. 

Sec. 37. This enumeration of rights shall not be construed to impair or 
deny others retained by the people; and all powers not herein delegated 
remain with the people. 



Section 1. The legislative authority shall be vested in two distinct 
branches, both dependent on the people, to-wit: A Senate and House of 

Sec. 2. The Senate and House of Representatives shall meet biennially 
on the first Wednesday after the first Monday in January next after their 
election; and when assembled shall be denominated the General Assembly. 
Neither House shall proceed upon public business unless a majority of all 
the members are actually present. 

Sec. 3. The Senate shall be composed of fifty Senators, biennially chosen 
by ballot. 

Sec. 4. The Senate Districts shall be so altered by the General Assembly, 
at the first session after the return of every enumeration by order of Con- 
gress, that each Senate District shall contain, as near as may be, an equal 
number of inhabitants, excluding aliens and Indians not taxed, and shall 
remain unaltered until the return of another enumeration, and shall at all 
times consist of contiguous territory; and no county shall be divided in 
the formation of a Senate District, unless such county shall be equitably 
entitled to two or more Senators. 

Sec. o. The House of Representatives shall be composed of one hundred 
and twenty Representatives, biennially chosen by ballot, to be elected by 
the counties respectively, according to their population, and each county 
shall have at least one Representative in the House of Representatives, 
although it may not contain the requisite ratio of representation; this 
apportionment shall be made by the General Assembly at the respective 
times and periods when the districts for the Senate are hereinbefore 
directed to be laid off. 

Sec. 6. In making the apportionment in the House of Representatives, 
the ratio of representation shall be ascertained by dividing the amount of the 


population of the State, exclusive of that comprehended within those counties 
which do not severally contain the one hundred and twentieth part of the 
population of the State, by the number of Representatives, less the number 
assigned to such counties; and in ascertaining the number of the popula- 
tion of the State, aliens and Indians not taxed shall not be included. To 
each county containing the said ratio, and not twice the said ratio, there 
shall be assigned one Representative; to each county containing twice but 
not three times the said ratio, there shall be assigned two Representatives, 
and so on progressively, and then the remaining Representatives shall be 
assigned severally to the counties having the largest fractions. 

Sec. 7. Each member of the Senate shall not be less than twenty-five 
years of age, shall have resided in the State as a citizen two years, and 
shall have usually resided in the district for which he is chosen, one year 
immediately preceding his election. 

Sec. 8. Each member of the House of Representatives shall be a quali- 
fied elector of the State, and shall have resided in the county for which he 
is chosen, for one year immediately preceding his election: 

Sec. 9. In the election of all officers, whose appointment shall be con- 
ferred upon the General Assembly by the Constitution, the vote shall be 
viva voce. 

Sec. 10. The General Assembly shall have power to pass general laws 
regulating divorce and alimony, but shall not have power to grant a divorce 
or secure alimony in any individual case. 

Sec. 11. The General Assembly shall not have power to pass any private 
law to alter the name of any person or to legitimate any person not born 
in lawful wedlock, or to restore to the rights of citizenship any person con- 
victed of an infamous crime, but shall have power to pass general laws 
regulating the same. 

Sec. 12. The General Assembly shall not pass any private law, unless it 
shall be made to appear thirty days' notice of application to pass such a 
law shall have been given, under such directions and in such manner as 
shall be provided by law. 

Sec 13. If vacancies shall occur in the General Assembly by death, 
resignation or otherwise, writs of election shall be issued by the Governor 
under such regulations as may be prescribed by law. 

Sec. 14. No law shall be passed to raise monev on the credit of the 
State, or to pledge the faith of the State, directly or indirectly, for the pay- 
ment of any debt, or to impose any tax upon the people of the State, or to 
allow the counties, cities or towns to do so, unless the bill for the purpose 


shall have been read three several times in each House of the General 
Assembly, and passed three several readings, which readings shall have 
been on three different days, and agreed to by each House respectively, and 
unless the yeas and nays on the second and third reading of the bill shall 
have been entered on the journal. 

Sec. 15. The General Assembly shall regulate entails in such manner as 
to prevent perpetuities. 

Sec. 16. Each House shall keep a journal of its proceedings, which shall 
be printed and made public immediately after the adjournment of the 
General Assembly. 

Sec. 17. Any member of either House may dissent from, and protest 
against, any act or resolve, which he may think injurious to the public, or 
any individual, and have the reason of his dissent entered on the journal. 

Sec. 18. The House of Representatives shall choose their own Speaker 
and other officers. 

Sec. 19. The Lieutenant Governor shall preside in the Senate, but shall 
have no vote unless it may be equally divided. 

Sec. 20. The Senate shall choose its other officers and also a Speaker 
{pro tempore) in the absence of the Lieutenant Governor, or when he shall 
exercise the office of Governor. 

Sec. 21. The style of the acts shall be: "The General Assembly of 
North Carolina do enact." 

Sec. 22. Each House shall be judge of the qualifications and elections of 
its own members, shall sit upon its own adjournment from day to day, pre- 
pare bills to be passed into laws; and the two Houses may also jointly 
adjourn to any future day, or other place. 

Sec. 23. All bills and resolutions of a legislative nature shall be read 
three times in each House, before they pass into laws; and shall be signed 
by the presiding officers of both Houses. 

Sec. 24. Each member of the General Assembly, before taking his seat, 
shall take an oath or affirmation, that he will support the Constitution and 
laws of the United States, and the Constitution of the State of North Caro- 
lina, and will faithfully discharge his duty as a member of the Senate or 
House of Representatives. 

Sec. 25. The terms of office for Senators and members of the House of 
Representatives shall commence at the time of their election. 

Sec. 26. Upon motion made and seconded in either House, by one-fifth 
of the members present, the yeas and nays upon any question shall be taken 
and entered upon the journals. 40 


Sec. 27. The election for members of the General Assembly shall be 
held for the respective districts and counties, at the places where they are 
now held, or may be directed hereafter to be held, in such manner as may 
be prescribed by law, on the first Thursday in August, in the year one 
thousand eight hundred and seventy, and every two years thereafter. But 
the General Assembly may change the time of holding the elections. 

Sec. 28. The members of the General Assembly for the term for which 
they have been elected, shall receive as a compensation for their services 
the sum of four dollars per day for each day of their session, for a period 
not exceeding sixty days; and should they remain longer in session, they 
shall serve without compensation. They shall also be entitled to receive 
ten cents per mile, both while coming to the seat of government and while 
returning home, the said distance to be computed by the nearest line or 
route of public travel. The compensation of the presiding officers of the 
two Houses shall be six dollars per day and mileage. Should an extra 
session of the General Assembly be called, the members and presiding 
officers shall receive a like rate of compensation for a period not exceeding 
twent} 7 days. 



Section 1. The Executive Department shall consist of a Governor, in 
whom shall be vested the supreme executive power of the State, a Lieu- 
tenant Governor, a Secretary of State, an Auditor, a Treasurer, a Superin- 
tendent of Public Instruction, and an Attorney General, who shall be 
elected for a term of four years, by the qualified eiectors of the State, at 
the same time and place, and in the same manner as members of the Gen- 
eral Assembly are elected. Their term of office shall commence on the 
first day of January next after their election, and continue until their suc- 
cessors are elected and qualified: Provided, That the officers first elected 
shall assume the duties of their office ten days after the approval of this 
Constitution by the Congress of the United States, and shall hold their 
offices four years from after the first day of January. 

Sec. 2. No person shall be eligible as Governor or Lieutenant Governor, 
unless he shall have attained the age of thirty years, shall have been a 
citizen of the United States five years, and shall have been a resident of 
this State for two years next before the election; nor shall the person 


elected to either of these two offices be eligible to the same office more than 
four years in any term of eight years, unless the office shall have been cast 
upon him as Lieutenant Governor or President of the Senate. 

Sec. 3. The return of every election for officers of the Executive Depart- 
ment shall be sealed up and transmitted to the seat of government by the 
returning officers, directed to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, 
who shall open and publish the same in the presence of a majority of the 
members of both Houses of the General Assembly. The persons having 
the highest number of votes respectively shall be declared duly elected; 
but if two or more be equal and highest in votes for the same office, then 
one of them shall be chosen by joint ballot of both Houses of the General 
Assembly. Contested elections shall be determined by a joint ballot of 
both Houses of the General Assembly, in such manner as shall be pre- 
scribed by law. 

Sec. 4. The Governor, before entering upon the duties of his office, shall, 
in the presence of the members of both branches of the General Assembly, 
or before any Justice of the Supreme Court, take an oath or affirmation 
that he will support the Constitution and laws of the United States, and of 
the State of North Carolina, and that he will faithfully perform the duties 
appertaining to the office of Governor to which he has been elected. 

Sec. 5. The Governor shall reside at the seat of government of this State, 
and he shall, from time to time, give the General Assembly information of 
the affairs of the State, and recommend to their consideration such meas- 
ures as he shall deem expedient. 

Sec. 6. The Governor shall have power to grant reprieves, commutations 
and pardons, after conviction, for all offences (except in cases of impeach- 
ment), upon such conditions as he may think proper, subject to such regu- 
lations as may be provided by law relative to the manner of applying for 
pardons. He shall biennially communicate to the General Assembly each 
case of reprieve, commutation or pardon granted, stating the name of each 
convict, the crime for which he was convicted, the sentence and its date, 
the date of commutation, pardon or reprieve, and the reasons therefor. 

Sec. 7. The officers of the Executive Department and of the public 
institutions of the State, shall, at least five days previous to each regular 
session of the General Assembly, severally report to the Governor, who 
shall transmit such reports, with his message, to the General Assembly ; 
and the Governor may, at any time, require information in writing from 
the officers in the Executive Department upon any subject relating to the 
duties of their respective offices, and shall take care that the laws be 
faithfully executed. 


Sec. 8. The Governor shall be Commander-in-Chief of the militia of 
the State, except when they shall be called into the service of the United 

Sec. 9. The Governor shall have power on extraordinary occasions, by 
and with the advice of the Council of State, to convene the General As- 
sembly in extra session by his proclamation, stating therein the purpose or 
purposes for which they are thus convened. 

Sec. 10. The Governor shall nominate, and by and with the advice and 
consent of a majority of the Senators elect, appoint all officers, whose 
offices are established by this Constitution, and whose appointments are not 
otherwise provided for. 

Sec. 11. The Lieutenant Governor shall be President of the Senate, but 
shall have no vote unless the Senate be equally divided. He shall, whilst 
acting as President of the Senate, receive for his services the same pay 
which shall, for the same period, be allowed to the Speaker of the House 
of Representatives; and he shall receive no other compensation except 
when he is acting as Governor. 

Sec. 12. In case of the impeachment of the Governor, his failure to 
qualify, his absence from the State, his inability to discharge the duties 
of his office, or, in case the office of Governor shall in anywise become 
vacant, the powers, duties and emoluments of the office shall devolve upon 
the Lieutenant Governor until the disabilities shall cease, or a new Gov- 
ernor shall be elected and qualified. In every case in which the Lieu- 
tenant Governor shall be unable to preside over the Senate, the Senators 
shall elect one of their own number President of their body; and the 
powers, duties and emoluments of the office of Governor shall devolve 
upon him whenever the Lieutenant Governor shall, for any reason be pre- 
vented from discharging the duties of such office as above provided, and he 
shall continue as acting-Governor until the disabilities are removed, or a 
new Governor or Lieutenant Governor shall be elected and qualified. 
Whenever, during the recess of the General Assembly, it shall become 
necessary for the President of the Senate to administer the government, the 
Secretary of State shall convene the Senate, that they may elect such 

Sec. 13. The respective duties of the Secretary of State, Auditor, Treas- 
urer, Superintendent of Public Instruction and Attorney General, shall be 
prescribed by law. If the office of any of the officers shall be vacated 
by death, resignation or otherwise, it shall be the duty of the Governor to 
appoint another until the disability be removed or his successor be elected 


and qualified. Every such vacancy shall be filled by election at the first 
general election that occurs more than thirty days after the vacancy has 
taken place, and the person chosen shall hold the office for the remainder 
of the unexpired term fixed in the first section of this Article. 

Seo. 14. The Secretary of State, Auditor, Treasurer and Superintendent 
of Public Instruction shall constitute, ex officio, the Council of State, who 
shall advise the Governor in the execution of his office, and three of whom 
shall constitute a quorum; their advice and proceedings in this capacity, 
shall be entered in a journal to be kept for this purpose exclusively, 
and signed by the members present, from any part of which any member 
may enter his dissent; and such journal shall be placed before the General 
Assembly when called for by either House. The Attorney General shall 
be, ex officio, the legal adviser of the Executive Department. 

Sec. 15. The officers mentioned in this Article shall, at stated periods, 
receive for their services a compensation to be established by law, which 
shall neither be increased nor diminished during the time for which they 
shall have been elected, and the said officers shall receive no other emolu- 
ment or allowance. 

Sec. 16. There shall be a seal of the State, which shall be kept by the 
Governor, and used by him, as occasion may require, and shall be called 
"the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina." All grants and commis- 
sions shall be issued in the name and by the authority of the State of North 
Carolina, sealed with "the Great Seal of the State," signed by the Governor 
and countersigned by the Secretary of State. 

Sec. 17. The General Assembly shall establish a Department of Agri- 
culture, Immigration and Statistics, under such regulations as may best 
promote the agricultural interests of the State, and shall enact laws for the 
adequate protection and encouragement of sheep husbandry. 



Section 1. The distinctions between actions at law and suits in equity, 
and the forms of all such actions and suits, shall be abolished; and there 
shall be in this State but one form of action, for the enforcement or protec- 
tion of private rights or the redress of private wrongs, which shall be 
denominated a civil action; and every action prosecuted by the people of 


the State as a party, against a person charged with a public offence, for the 
punishment of the same, shall be termed a criminal action. Feigned issues 
shall also be abolished, and the fact at issue tried by order of Court before 
a jury. 

Sec. 2. The judicial power of the State shall be vested in a Court for the 
trial of Impeachments, a Supreme Court, Superior Courts, Courts of Jus- 
tices of the Peace, and such other courts inferior to the Supreme Court as 
may be established by law. 

Sec. 3. The Court for the trial of Impeachments shall be the Senate. A 
majority of the members shall be necessary to a quorum, and the judgment 
shall not extend beyond removal from, and disqualification to hold office 
in this State ; but the party shall be liable to indictment and punishment 
according to law. 

Sec. 4. The House of Eepresentatives solely shall have the power of 
impeaching. No person shall be convicted without the concurrence of two- 
thirds of the Senators present. When the Governor is impeached the 
Chief Justice shall preside. 

Sec. 5. Treason against the State shall consist only in levying war 
against it, or adhering to its enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No 
person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two wit- 
nesses to the same overt act, or on confesssion in open court, No convic- 
tion of treason or attainder shall work corruption of blood or forfeiture. 

Sec. 6. The Supreme Court shall consist of a Chief Justice and two 
Associate Justices. 

Sec. 7. The terms of the Supreme Court shall be held in the City of 
Raleigh, as now, until otherwise provided by the General Assembly. 

Sec. 8. The Supreme Court shall have jurisdiction to review, upon 
appeal, any decision of the courts below, upon any matter of law or legal 
inference. And the jurisdiction of said Court over "issues of fact" and 
"questions of fact" shall be the same exercised by it before the adoption of 
the Constitution of one thousand eight hundred and sixty-eight, and the 
Court shall have the power to issue any remedial writs necessary to give it 
a general supervision and control over the proceedings of the inferior 

Sec. 9. The Supreme Court shall have original jurisdiction to hear 
claims against the State, but its decisions shall be merely recommendatory; 
no process in the nature of execution shall issue thereon ; they shall be 
reported to the next session of the General Assembly for its action. 


Sec. 10. The State shall be divided into nine judicial districts, for each 
of which a Judge shall he chosen; and there shall he held a Superior Court 
in each county at least twice in each year, to continue for such time in each 
county as may be prescribed by law. But the General Assembly may 
reduce or increase the number of districts. 

Sec. 11. Every Judge of the Superior Court shall reside in the district 
for which he is elected. The Judges shall preside in the Courts of the 
different districts successively, but no Judge shall hold the Courts in the 
same district oftener than once in four years; but in the case of the pro- 
tracted illness of the Judge assigned to preside in any district, or of any 
other unavoidable accident to him, by reason of which he shall be unable 
to preside, the Governor may require any Judge to hold one or more speci- 
fied terms in said district, in lieu of the Judge assigned to hold the Courts 
of the said district. 

Sec. 12. The General Assembly shall have no power to deprive the 
Judicial Department of any power or jurisdiction which rightfully pertains 
to it as a co-ordinate department of the government; but the General 
Assembly shall allot and distribute that portion of this power and jurisdic- 
tion, which does not pertain to the Supreme Court, among the other courts 
prescribed in this Constitution or which may be established by law, in such 
manner as it may deem best ; provide also a«proper system of appeals ; and 
regulate by law, when necessary, the methods of proceeding in the exercise 
of their powers, of all the courts below the Supreme Court, so far as 
the same may be done without conflict with other provisions of this Consti- 

Sec. 13. In all issues of fact, joined in any court, the parties may waive 
the right to have the same determined by a jury; in which case the finding 
of the Judge upon the facts shall have the force and effect of a verdict by 
a jury. 

Sec. 14. The General Assembly shall provide for the establishment of 
Special Courts, for the trial of misdemeanors, in cities and towns, where 
the same may be necessary. 

Sec. 15. The Clerk of the Supreme Court shall be appointed by the 
Court, and shall hold his office for eight years. 

Sec. 16. A Clerk of the Superior Court for each county shall be elected 
by the qualified voters thereof, at the time and in the manner prescribed 
by law for the election of members of the General Assembly. 

Sec. 17. Clerks of the Superior Courts shall hold their offices for four 


Sec. 18. The General Assembly shall prescribe and regulate the fees, 
salaries and emoluments of all officers provided for in this Article ; but the 
salaries of the Judges shall not be diminished during their continuance in 

Sec. 19. The laws of North Carolina, not repugnant to this Constitution, 
or the Constitution and laws of the United States, shall be in force until 
lawfully altered. 

Sec. 20. Actions at law, and suits in equity, pending when this Constitu- 
tion shall go into effect, shall be transferred to the Courts having jurisdic- 
tion thereof, without prejudice by reason of the change; and all such 
actions and suits commenced before, and pending at the adoption by the 
General Assembly of the rules of practice and procedure herein provided 
for, shall be heard and determined according to the practice now in use, 
unless otherwise provided for by said rules. 

Sec. 21. The Justices of the Supreme Court shall be elected by the quali- 
fied voters of the State, as is provided for the election of members of the 
General Assembly. They shall hold their offices for eight years. The 
Judges of the Superior Courts, elected at the first election under this 
amendment, shall be elected in like manner as is provided for Justices of 
the Supreme Court, and shall hold their offices for eight years. The Gen- 
eral Assembly may, from time to time, provide by law that the Judges of 
the Superior Courts, chosen at succeeding elections, instead of being elected 
by the voters of the whole State, as is herein provided for, shall be elected 
by the voters of their respective districts. 

Sec. 22. The Superior Courts shall be, at all times, open for the transac- 
tion of all business within their jurisdiction, except the trial of issues of 
fact requiring a jury. 

Sec. 23. A Solicitor shall be elected for each Judicial District by the 
qualified voters thereof, as is prescribed for members of the General 
Assembly, who shall hold office for the term of four years, and prosecute 
on behalf of the State, in all criminal actions in the Superior Courts, and 
advise the officers of justice in his district. 

Sec. 24. In each county a Sheriff and Coroner shall be elected by the 
qualified voters thereof, as is prescribed for members of the General Assem- 
bly, and shall hold their offices for two years. In each township there 
shall be a Constable elected in like manner by the voters thereof, who shall 
hold his office for two years. When there is no Coroner in the county, 
the Clerk of the Superior Court for the county may appoint one for special 


eases. In case of a vacancy existing for any cause, in any of the offices 
created by this section, the Commissioners for the county may appoint to 
such office for the unexpired term. 

Sec. 25. All vacancies occurring in the offices provided for by this 
Article of the Constitution shall be filled by the appointments of the Gov- 
ernor, unless otherwise provided for, and the appointees shall hold their 
places until the next regular election for members of the General Assem- 
bly, when elections shall be held to fill such offices. If any person, elected 
or appointed to any of said offices, shall neglect and fail to qualify, such 
office shall be appointed to, held and filled as provided in case of vacancies 
occurring therein. All incumbents of said offices shall hold until their 
successors are qualified. 

Sec. 26. The officers elected at the first election held under this Consti- 
tution shall hold their offices for the terms prescribed for them respectively, 
next ensuing after the next regular election for members of the General 
Assembly. But their terms shall begin upon the approval of this Consti- 
tution by the Congress of the United States. 

Sec. 27. The several Justices of the Peace shall have jurisdiction, under 
such regulations as the General Assembly shall prescribe, of civil actions 
founded on contract, wherein the sum demanded shall not exceed two hun- 
dred dollars, and wherein the title to real estate shall not be in contro- 
versy; and of all criminal matters arising within their counties where the 
punishment cannot exceed a fine of fifty dollars, or imprisonment for thirty 
days. And the General Assembly may give to Justices of the Peace juris- 
diction of other civil actions, wherein the value of the property in contro- 
versy does not exceed fifty dollars. When an issue of fact may be joined 
before a Justice, on demand of either party thereto, he shall cause a jury 
of six men to be summoned, who shall try the same. The party against 
whom judgment shall be rendered in any civil action, may appeal to the 
Superior Court from the same. In all cases of a criminal nature, the party 
against whom judgment is given may appeal to the Superior Court, where 
the matter shall be heard anew. In all cases brought before a justice, he 
shall make a record of the proceedings, and file the same with the Clerk 
of the Superior Court for his county. 

Sec. 28. When the office of Justice of the Peace shall become vacant 
otherwise than by expiration of the term, and in case of a failure by the 
voters of any district to elect, the Clerk of the Superior Court for the 
county shall appoint to fill the vacancy for the unexpired term. 



Sec. 29. In case the office of Clerk of a Superior Court for a county shall 
become vacant otherwise than by the expiration of the term, and in case of 
a failure by the people to elect, the Judge of the Superior Court for the 
county shall appoint to fill the vacancy until an election can be regularly 

Sec. 30. In case the General Assembly shall establish other courts infe- 
rior to the Supreme Court, the presiding officers and clerks thereof shall 
be elected in such manner as the General Assembly may from time to time 
prescribe, and they shall hold their offices for a term not exceeding eight 

Sec. 31. Any Judge of the Supreme Court, or of the Superior Courts, 
and the presiding officers of such courts inferior to the Supreme Court, as 
may be established by law, may be removed from office for mental or physi- 
cal inability, upon a concurrent resolution of two-thirds of both Houses of 
the General Assembly. The Judge or presiding officer against whom the 
General Assembly may be about to proceed, shall receive notice thereof, 
accompanied by a copy of the causes alleged for his removal, at least 
twenty days before the day on which either House of the General Assem- 
bly shall act thereon. 

Sec. 32. Any Clerk of the Supreme Court, or of the Superior Courts, or 
of such courts inferior to the Supreme Court, as may be established by 
law, may be removed from office for mental or physical inability ; the 
Clerk of the Supreme Court by the Judges of said courts, the Clerks of 
the Superior Courts by the Judge riding the district, and the Clerks of 
such courts inferior to the Supreme Court, as may be established by 
law, by the presiding officers of said courts. The Clerk against whom pro- 
ceedings are instituted, shall receive notice thereof, accompanied by a 
copy of the causes alleged for his removal, at least ten days before the day 
appointed to act thereon, and the Clerk shall be entitled to an appeal to 
the next term of the Superior Court, and thence to the Supreme Court, as 
provided in other cases of appeals. 

Sec. 33. The amendments made to the Constitution of North Carolina by 
this Convention shall not have the effect to vacate any office or term of 
office now existing under the Constitution of the State, and filled, or held, 
by virtue of any election or appointment under the said Constitution, and 
the laws of the State made in pursuance thereof. 




Section 1. The General Assembly shall levy a capitation tax on every 
male inhabitant of the State over twenty-one and under fifty years of age, 
which shall be equal on each to the tax on property valued at three hun- 
dred dollars in cash. The Commissioners of the several counties may 
exempt from capitation tax in special cases, on account of poverty and 
infirmity, and the State and county capitation tax combined shall never 
exceed two dollars on the head. 

Sec. 2. The proceeds of the State and county capitation tax shall be 
applied to the purposes of education and the support of the poor, but in no 
one year shall more than twenty-five per cent, thereof be appropriated to 
the latter purpose. 

Sec. 3. Laws shall be passed taxing, by a uniform rule, all moneys, 
credits, investments in bonds, stocks, joint-stock companies or otherwise; 
and, also, all real and personal property, according to its true value in 
money. The General Assembly may also tax trades, professions, franchises, 
and incomes, provided that no income shall be taxed when the property 
from which the income is derived is taxed. 

Sec. 4. Until the bonds of the State shall be at par, the General Assem- 
bly shall have no power to contract any new debt or pecuniary obligation in 
behalf of the State, except to supply a casual deficit, or for suppressing 
invasion or insurrection, unless it shall in the same bill levy a special tax- 
to pay the interest annually. And the General Assembly shall have no 
power to give or lend the credit of the State in aid of any person, associa- 
tion, or corporation, except to aid in the completion of such railroads as 
may be unfinished at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, or in 
which the State has a direct pecuniary interest, unless the subject be sub- 
mitted to a direct vote of the people of the State, and be approved by a 
majority of those who shall vote thereon. 

Sec. 5. Property belonging to the State or to municipal corporations, 
shall be exempt from taxation. The General Assembly may exempt ceme- 
teries, and property held for educational, scientific, literary, charitable, or 
religious purposes; also, wearing apparel, arms for muster, household and 
kitchen furniture, the mechanical and agricultural implements of mechanics 
and farmers; libraries and scientific instruments, or any other personal 
property, to a value not exceeding three hundred dollars. 


Sec. 6. The taxes levied by the Commissioners of the several counties for 
county purposes, shall be levied in like manner with the State taxes, and 
shall never exceed the double of the State taxes, except for a special pur- 
pose, and with the special approval of the General Assembly. 

Sec. 7. Every act of the General Assembly levying a tax, shall state the 
special object to which it is to be applied, and it shall be applied to no 
other purpose. 



Section 1. Every male person born in the United States, and every male 
person who has been naturalized, twenty-one years old or upward, who 
shall have resided in the State twelve months next preceding the election, 
and ninety days in the county in which he offers to vote, shall be deemed 
an elector. But no person, who, upon conviction or confession in open 
court, shall be adjudged guilty of felony, or any other crime infamous by 
the laws of this State, and hereafter committed, shall be deemed an elector, 
unless such person shall be restored to the rights of citizenship in a man- 
ner prescribed by law. 

Sec. 2. It shall be the duty of the General Assembly to provide, from 
time to time, for the registration of all electors ; and no person shall be allowed 
to vote without registration, or to register, without first taking an oath or 
affirmation to support and maintain the Constitution and laws of the United 
States, and the Constitution and laws of North Carolina not inconsistent 

Sec. 3. All elections by the people shall be by ballot, and all elections 
by the General Assembly shall be viva voce. 

Sec. 4. Every voter, except as hereinafter provided, shall be eligible to 
office ; but before entering upon the discharge of the duties of his office, he 

shall take and subscribe the following oath: "I, , do solemnly 

swear (or affirm) that I will support and maintain the Constitution and 
laws of the United States, and the Constitution and laws of North Carolina 
not inconsistent therewith, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties 
of my office. So help me God." 

Sec. 5. The following classes of persons shall be disqualified for office : 
First, All persons who shall deny the being of Almighty God. Second, 


All persons who shall have been convicted of treason, perjury, or of any 
other infamous crime, since becoming citizens of the United States, or of 
corruption, or mal-practice in office, unless such person shall have been 
legally restored to the rights of citizenship. 



Section 1. In each county, there shall be elected biennially by the quali- 
fied voters thereof, as provided for the election of members of the General 
Assembly, the following officers: a Treasurer, Register of Deeds, Surveyor 
and five Commissioners. 

Sec. 2. It shall be the duty of the Commissioners to exercise a general 
supervision and control of the penal and charitable institutions, schools, 
roads, bridges, levying of taxes and finances of the county, as may be pre- 
scribed by law. The Register of Deeds shall be, ex officio, Clerk of the 
Board of Commissioners. 

Sec. 3. It shall be the duty of the Commissioners first elected in each 
county, to divide the same into convenient districts, to determine the 
boundaries and prescribe the name of the said districts, and to report the 
same to the General Assembly before the first day of January, one thousand 
eight hundred and sixty-nine. 

Sec. 4. Upon the approval of the reports provided for in the foregoing 
section, by the General Assembly, the said districts shall have corporate 
powers for the necessary purposes of local government, and shall be known 
as townships. 

Sec. 5. In each township there shall be biennially elected, by the quali- 
fied voters thereof, a Clerk and two Justices of the Peace, who shall con- 
stitute a Board of Trustees, and shall, under the supervision of the county 
Commissioners, have control of the taxes and finances, roads and bridges 
of the townships, as may be prescribed by law. The Generally Assembly 
may provide for the election of a larger number of the Justices of the 
Peace in cities and towns, and in those townships in which cities and towns 
are situated. In every township there shall also be biennially elected a 
School Committee, consisting of three persons, whose duty shall be pre- 
scribed by law. 


Sec. 6. The Township Board of Trustees shall assess the taxable 
property of their townships and make return to the County Commissioners 
for revision, as may be prescribed by law. The Clerk shall be, ex officio, 
treasurer of the township. 

Sec. 7. No county, city, town, or other municipal corporation shall con- 
tract any debt, pledge its faith, or loan its credit, nor shall any tax be 
levied, or collected by any officers of the same, except for the necessary 
expenses thereof, unless by a vote of the majority of the qualified voters 

Sec. 8. No money shall be drawn from any county or township treasury, 
except by authority of law. 

Sec. 9. All taxes levied by any county, city, town, or township, shall be 
uniform and ad valorem, upon all property in the same, except property 
exempted by this constitution. 

Sec. 10. The county officers first elected under the provisions of this 
Article, shall enter upon their duties ten days after the approval of this 
Constitution by the Congress of the United States. 

Sec. 11. The Governor shall appoint a sufficient number of Justices of 
the Peace in each couhty, who shall hold their places until sections four, 
five and six of this Article shall have been carried into effect. 

Sec. 12. All charters, ordinances and provisions relating to municipal 
corporations shall remain in force until legally changed, unless inconsistent 
with the provisions of this Constitution. 

Sec. 13. No county, city, town or other municipal corporation shall assume 
to pay, nor shall any tax be levied or collected for the payment of any debt, 
or the interest upon any debt, contracted directly or indirectly in aid or 
support of the rebellion. 

Sec. 14. The General Assembly shall have full power by statute to 
modify, change, or abridge any and all of the provisions of this Article, and 
substitute others in their place, except sections seven, nine and thirteen. 



Section 1. Corporations may be formed under general laws, but shall 
not be created by special act, except for municipal purposes, and in cases 


where, in the judgmentof the Legislature, the object of the corporations 
cannot be attained under general laws. All general laws and special acts, 
passed pursuant to this section, may he altered from time to time, or 

Sec. 2. Dues from corporations shall be secured by such individual lia- 
bilities of the corporations and other means, as may be prescribed by law. 

Sec. 3. The term corporation, as used in this Article, shall be construed 
to include all associations and joint-stock companies, having any of the 
powers and privileges of corporations, not possessed by individuals or part- 
nerships. And all corporations shall have the right to sue, and shall be 
subject to be sued in all courts, in like cases as natural persons. 

Sec. 4. It shall be the duty of the Legislature to provide for the organi- 
zation of cities, towns and incorporated villages, and to restrict their power 
of taxation, assessment, borrowing money, contracting debts and loaning 
their credit, so as to prevent abuses in assessment and in contracting debts 
by such municipal corporations. 



Section 1. Religion, morality and knowledge being necessary to good 
government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of educa- 
tion shall forever be encouraged. 

Sec. 2. The General Assembly, at the first session under this Constitu- 
tion, shall provide by taxation and otherwise, for a general and uniform 
system of public schools, wherein tuition shall be free of charge to all 
the children of the State between the ages of six and twenty-one years. 
And the children of the white race and the children of the colored race 
shall be taught in separate public schools; but there shall be no discrimi- 
nation in favor of, or to the prejudice of either race. 

Sec. 3. Each county of the State shall be divided into a convenient 
number of districts, in which one or more public schools shall be main- 
tained at least four months in every year ; and if the Commissioners of any 
county shall fail to comply with the aforesaid requirements of this section 
they shall be liable to indictment. 


Sec. 4. The proceeds of all lands that have been or hereafter may be 
granted by the United States to this State, and not otherwise appropriated 
by this State or the United States; also, all moneys, stocks, bonds, and 
other property, now belonging to any State fund for purposes of education; 
also, the net proceeds of all sales of the swamp lands belonging to the State, 
and all other grants, gifts or devises, that have been or hereafter may be 
made to the State, and not otherwise appropriated by the State, or by the 
term of the grant, gift or devise, shall be paid into the State treasury ; and, 
together with so much of the ordinary revenue of the State as may be by 
law set apart for that purpose, shall be faithfully appropriated for establish- 
ing and maintaining in this State a system of free public schools, and for 
no other uses or purposeses whatsoever. 

Sec. 5. All moneys, stocks, bonds, and other property, belonging to a 
county school fund; also, the net proceeds from the sale of estrays; also, 
the clear proceeds of all penalties and forfeitures, and of all fines collected 
in the several counties for any breach of the penal or military laws of the 
State; and all moneys which shall be paid by persons as an equivalent for 
exemption from military duty, shall belong to and remain in the several 
counties, and shall be faithfully appropriated for establishing and maintain- 
ing free public schools in the several counties of this State: Provided, That 
the amount collected in each county shall be annually reported to the 
Superintendent of Public Instruction. 

Sec. 6. The General Assembly shall have power to provide for the 
election of Trustees of the University of North Carolina, in whom, when 
chosen, shall be vested all the privileges, rights, franchises and endowments 
thereof, in anywise granted to or conferred upon the Trustees of said Uni- 
versity ; and the General Assembly may make such provisions, laws and 
regulations from time to time, as may be necessary and expedient for the 
maintenance and management of said University. 

Sec. 7. The General Assembly shall provide that the benefits of the 
University, as far as practicable, be extended to the youth of the State free 
of expense for tuition ; also, that all the property which has heretofore 
accrued to the State, or shall hereafter accrue, from escheats, unclaimed 
dividends, or distributive shares of the estates of deceased persons, shall 
be appropriated to the use of the University. 

Sec. 8. The Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Treas- 
urer, Auditor, Superintendent of Public Instruction and Attorney General, 
shall constitute a State Board of Education. 

Sec. 9. The Governor shall be President, and the Superintendent of 
Public Instruction shall be Secretary of the Board of Education. 


Sec. 10. The Board of Education shall succeed to all the powers and 
trusts of the President and Directors of the Literary Fund of North Caro- 
lina, and shall have full power to legislate and make all needful rules and 
regulations in relation to free public schools and the educational fund of 
the State; but all acts, rules and regulations of said Board may be altered, 
amended or repealed by the General Assembly, and when so altered, 
amended or repealed, they shall not be re-enacted by the Board. 

Sec. 11. The first session of the Board of Education shall be held at the 
capitol of the State, within fifteen days after the organization of the State 
government under this Constitution ; the time of future meetings may be 
determined by the Board. 

Sec. 12. A majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum for the 
transaction of business. 

Sec. 13. The contingent expenses of the Board shall be provided by the 
General Assembly. 

Sec. 14. As soon as practicable after the adoption of this Constitution, 
the General Assembly shall establish and maintain, in connection with the 
University, a department of Agriculture, of Mechanics, of Mining, and of 
Normal Instruction. 

Sec. 15. The General Assembly is hereby empowered to enact that every 
child, of sufficient mental and physical ability, shall attend the public 
schools during the period between the ages of six and eighteen years for a 
term of not less than sixteen months, unless educated by other means. 



Section 1. The personal property of any resident of this State, to the 
value of five hundred dollars, to be selected by such resident, shall be, and 
is hereby exempted from sale under execution, or other final process of any 
court issued for the collection of any debt. 

Sec. 2. Every homestead, and the dwellings and buildings used there- 
with, not exceeding in value one thousand dollars, to be selected by the 
owner thereof, or in lieu thereof, at the option of the owner, any lot in a 
city, town or village, with the dwelling and buildings used thereon, owned 
and occupied by any resident of this State, and not exceeding the value of 



one thousand dollars, shall be exempt from sale under execution, or other 
final process obtained on any debt. But no property shall be exempt from 
sale for taxes, or for payment of obligations contracted for the purchase of 
said premises. 

Sec. 3. The homestead, after the death of the owner thereof, shall be 
exempt from the payment of any debt during the minority of his children 
or any one of them. 

Sec. 4. The provisions of sections one and two of this Article shall not 
be so construed as to prevent a laborer's lien for work done and performed 
for the person claiming such exemption, or a mechanic's lien for work done 
on the premises. 

Sec. 5. If the owner of a homestead die, leaving a widow, but no children, 
the same shall be exempt from the debts of her husband, and the rents and 
profits thereof shall inure to her benefit during her widowhood, unless she 
be the owner of a homestead in her own right. 

Sec. 6. The real and personal property of any female in this State, 
acquired before marriage, and all property, real and personal, to which she 
may, after marriage, become in any manner entitled, shall be and remain 
the sole and separate estate and property of such female, and shall not be 
liable for any debts, obligations or engagements of her husband, and may 
be devised and bequeathed, and with the written assent of her husband, 
conveyed by her as if she was unmarried. 

Sec. 7. The husband may insure his own life for the sole use and bene- 
fit of his wife and children, and in the case of the death of the husband, 
the amount thus insured shall be paid over to the wife and children, or to 
the guardian, if under age, for her, or their own use, free from all the 
claims of the representatives of her husband, or any of his creditors. 

Sec. 8. Nothing contained in the foregoing sections of this Article shall 
operate to prevent the owner of a homestead from disposing of the same by 
deed ; but no deed made by the owner of a homestead shall be valid with- 
out the voluntary signature and assent of his wife, signified on her private 
examination according to law. 



Section 1. The following punishments only shall be known to the laws 
of this State, viz: death, imprisonment, with or without hard labor, fines, 


removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, 
trust or profit under this State. The foregoing provisions for imprisonment 
with hard labor shall be construed to authorize the employment of such 
convict labor on public works, or highways, or other labor for public benefit, 
and the farming out thereof, where, and in such manner as may be provided 
by law; but no convict shall be farmed out who has been sentenced on a 
charge of murder, manslaughter, rape, attempt to commit rape or arson : 
Provided, That no convict whose labor may be farmed out, shall be punished 
for any failure of duty as a laborer, except by a responsible officer of the 
State; but the convicts so farmed out shall be at all times under the super- 
vision and control, as to their government and discipline, of the Peniten- 
tiary Board or some officer of this State. 

Sec. 2. The object of punishments being not only to satisfy justice, but 
also to reform the offender, and thus prevent crime, murder, arson, burglary, 
and rape, and these only, may be punishable with death, if the General 
Assembly shall so enact. 

Sec. 3. The General Assembly shall, at its first meeting, make provision 
for the erection and conduct of a State's Prison or Penitentiary, at some 
central and accessible point within the State. 

Sec. 4. The General Assembly may provide for the erection of Houses 
of Correction, where vagrants and persons guilty of misdemeanors shall be 
restrained and ugefully employed. 

Sec. 5. A House, or Houses of Refuge may be established whenever the 
public interest may require it, for the correction and instruction of other 
classes of offenders. 

Sec. 6. It shall be required, by competent legislation, that the structure 
and superintendence of penal institutions of the State, the county jails, and 
city police prisons, secure the health and comfort of the prisoners, and that 
male and female prisoners be never confined in the same room or cell. 

Sec. 7. Beneficent provisions for the poor, the unfortunate and orphan, 
being one of the first duties of a civilized and Christian State, the General 
Assembly shall, at its first session, appoint and define the duties of a Board 
of Public Charities, to whom shall be entrusted the supervision of all 
charitable and penal State institutions, and who shall annually report to 
the Governor upon their condition, with suggestions for their improvement. 

Sec. 8. There shall also, as soon as practicable, be measures devised by 
the State, for the establishment of one or more Orphan Houses, where des- 
titute orphans may be cared for, educated, and taught some business or trade. 


Sec. 9. It shall be the duty of the Legislature, as soon as practicable, to 
devise means for the education of idiots and inebriates. 

Sec. 10. The General Assembly may provide that the indigent deaf mutes, 
blind and insane of the State shall be cared for at the charge of the State. 

Sec. 11. It shall be steadily kept in view by the Legislature, and the 
Board of Public Charities, that all penal and charitable institutions should 
be made as nearly self-supporting as is consistent with the purposes of their 



Section 1. All able bodied male citizens of the State of North Carolina, 
between the ages of twenty-one and forty years, who are citizens of the 
United States, shall be liable to duty in the militia: Provided, That all 
persons who may be averse to bearing arms, from religious scruples, shall 
be exempt therefrom. 

Sec. 2. The General Assembly shall provide for the organizing, arming, 
equipping and discipline of the militia, and for paying the same when 
called into active service. 

Sec. 3. The Governor shall be Commander-in-Chief, "and shall have 
power to call out the militia to execute the law, suppress riots or insurrec- 
tion, and to repel invasion. 

Sec. 4. The General Assembly shall have power to make such exemp- 
tions as may be deemed necessary, and to enact laws that may be expedient 
for the government of the militia. 



Section 1. No Convention of the people of this State shall ever be called 
by the General Assembly, unless by concurrence of two-thirds of all the 
members of each House of the General Assembly, and except the proposi- 
tion, "Convention" or "No Convention," be first submitted to the qualified 
voters of the whole State, at the next general electoin, in a manner to be pre- 


scribed 1 > v law. And should a majority of the votes cast be in favor of said 
Convention, it shall assemble on such day as may be prescribed by the 
General Assembly. 

Sec. 2. No part of the Constitution of this State shall be altered, unless 
a bill to alter the same shall have been agreed to by three-fifths of each 
House of the General Assembly. And the amendment or amendments so 
agreed to shall be submitted at the next general election to the qualified 
voters of the whole State, in such manner as may be prescribed by law. 
And in the event of their adoption by a majority of the votes cast, such 
amendment or amendments shall become a part of the Constitution of this 



Section 1. All indictments which shall have been found, or may here- 
after be found, for any crime or offence committed before this Constitution 
takes effect, may be proceeded upon in the proper courts, but no punish- 
ment shall be inflicted which is forbidden by this Constitution. 

Sec. 2. No person who shall hereafter fight a duel, or assist in the same 
as a second, or send, accept, or knowingly carry a challenge therefor, or 
agree to go out of the State to fight a duel, shall hold any office in this 

Sec. 3. No money shall be drawn from the treasury but in consequence of 
appropriations made by law ; and an accurate account of the receipts and 
expenditures of the public money shall be annually published. 

Sec. 4. The General Assembly shall provide, by proper legislation, for 
giving to mechanics and laborers an adequate lien on the subject matter 
of their labor. 

Sec. 5. In the absence of any contrary provision, all officers of this State, 
whether heretofore elected or appointed by the Governor, shall hold their 
position only until other appointments are made by the Governor, or if the 
officers are elective, until their successors shall have been chosen and duly 
qualified according to the provisions of this Constitution. 

Sec. 6. The seat of government in this State shall remain at the City of 


Sec. 7. No person, who shall hold any office or place of trust or profit 
under the United States or any department thereof, or under this State, or 
under any other State, or government, shall hold or exercise any other 
office or place of trust or profit under the authority of this State, or be 
eligible to a seat in either House of the General Assembly: Provided, 
That nothing herein contained shall extend to officers in the militia, Jus- 
tices of the Peace, Commissioners of Public Charities, or commissioners 
for special purposes. 

Sec. 8. All marriages between a white person and a negro, or between a 
white person and a person of negro descent to the third generation inclu- 
sive, are hereby forever prohibited. 

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1. When was the first Constitution of North Carolina adopted? 
Answer. — On December 18, 1776. 

2. When was it first amended? 
Answer. — In 1835. 

3. When was it again amended ? 
Answer.— In 1854, 1861 and 1865. 

4. W T hen was a new Constitution adopted? 
Answer. — In 1868. 

5. Was there not a Constitution adopted in 1866? 

Answer. — A new Constitution was adopted in 1866 by the Convention of 
1865-'66, but the people voted it down. 

6. Has the Constitution of 1868 been amended? 

Answer. — Yes; it was partially amended in 1874, and greatly amended 
by the Convention of 1875. The people adopted these amendments in 
1876 — a hundred years after the adoption of the first Constitution. 

7. Is there further amendment? 
Answer. — Yes ; in 1 880. 

8. What is a Constitution? 

Answer. — "The principles or fundamental laws which govern a State." 
Another definition is: "The body of rules and maxims in accordance with 
which the powers of sovereignty are habitually exercised." 

9. Is the Constitution of North Carolina the highest law? 

Answer. — No; the Constitution of the United States and the laws of the 
United States, passed in pursuance thereto, are the supreme law. 



10. Is the Constitution of North Carolina higher than the acts passed 
by the General Assembly ? 

Answer. — Yes ; acts contrary to the Constitution are null and void. 

11. Who decides whether acts are constitutional and binding or not? 
Answer. — The courts. 

12. Give a simple explanation of the Constitution of North Carolina. 

Ansiver. — It is a written document in which the people of North Caro- 
lina have laid down their plan of government of the State. It designates 
what officers are to make the laws, what officers are to interpret the laws, 
and what officers are to enforce the laws. It lays down rules for the guid- 
ance of these officers. If any officer acts contrary to it, he is liable to pun- 
ishment. It is the organic or fundamental law — the foundation stone on 
which our State government rests. It guards and enforces the liberties of 
the people. If officers are allowed to disobey it, our liberties will be in 
danger. Hence every citizen should understand it so that he may watch 
the officers and hold them to their duties. 

13. Can it be changed? 

Answer. — Yes ; the people of the State can change or amend it. The 
manner in which the people can change it is prescribed in the Constitution 
itself, as will be seen hereafter. 

14. Can it be changed in any other way ? 

Answer. — Yes; if an amendment to the Constitution of the United States 
contrary to any provision of the State Constitution is made according to 
law, the latter must yield. 


1. Who made the Constitution ? 

2. For what purpose was it made? 

3. Is there recognition of God in it? 

4. For what blessings is gratitude to God expressed ? 



1. For what purpose is this declaration made ? 

2. What fundamental truths are declared? Section 1.* 

*Note.— Most of the language of this section is taken from the Declaration of Inde- 


3. In whom is political power vested ? Section 2. 

4. For whose good is government instituted ? Section 2. 

5. Who has the right to regulate the State government? Section 3. 
(>. Under what circumstances can the people change the form of gov- 
ernment? Section 3. 

7. Are the people under any restrictions in changing the form of gov- 
ernment? If so, what? SectionS. 

8. Has the State the right to secede from the Union? Section 4. 

O. Is the American Union a confederacy of States, or a nation of the 
people of the States? Section 4. 

10. Is this State bound to prevent other States from seceding from the 
Union? Section 4. 

11. Is our allegiance first due to the United States or to North Carolina? 
Section 5. 

12. Can the General Assembly or a Convention of the people release us 
from our primary allegiance to the United States? Section 5. 

13. Can the State pay a debt incurred in rebellion against the United 
States? Section 6. 

14. Can such a debt be collected in our courts ? Section 6. 

15. Does this prohibition apply to past as well as future debts? Sec- 
tion 6. x 

1G. Can the State pay for emancipated slaves? Section 6. 

17. What debts are forbidden to be paid or assumed in any way unless 
by a vote of the people ? Section 6. 

18. What majority must be had to sanction such payment or assumption ? 
Section 6. 

19. Is there no exception to this? Section 6. 

20. Can this vote be taken at a special election? Section 6. 

21. By what name are most of the bonds mentioned in the answer to 
question 17, known? 

Answer. — Special Tax Bonds. 

22. Was this prohibition in the Constitution of 1876? 

Answer. — No; it was inserted by amendment submitted to the people by 
the General Assembly of 1879, and adopted by the people in 1880. 

23. What provision in regard to exclusive emoluments and privileges? 
Section 7. 

24. W T hat provision in regard to the legislative, executive and judicial 
branches? SectionS. 



25. Can the Governor or Judges suspend laws? Section 9. 

26. Who can suspend laws? Section 9. 

27. What provision about election? Section 10. 

28. What rights has one who is charged with a crime? Section 11. 

29. If acquitted does he pay the costs of his own witnesses, &c. ? Sec- 
tion 11. 

30. What modes of prosecution are prescribed? Section 12. 

31. By whom must conviction be made? Section 13. 

32. Where must the verdict be rendered ? Section 13. 

33. What right lias the Legislature in regard to petty misdemeanors? 
Section 14. 

34. Can those accused of petty misdemeanors be utterly deprived of 
right of trial by jury? Section 13. 

Answer. — No; they must have right of appeal and thus getting a jury. 

35. What provision about bail? About fines and punishment? Sec- 
tion 14. 

36. What are "general warrants"? Section 15. 

37. Are they allowed? If not, why not? Section 15. 

38. What provision about imprisonment for debt? Section 16. 

39. Repeat the section guarding the life, liberty and property of citizens. 
Section 17. 

40. From what great historical document is this section taken? 
Answer. — From Magna Charta — wrested from King John, A. D. 1215. 

41. What rights has one restrained of his liberty ? Section 18, 

42. Should he have a speedy trial? Section 18. 

43. In lawsuits about property what kind of trial is declared best? 
Section 19. 

44. What is said about trial by jury in controversies about property? 
Section 19. 

45. What is declared about freedom of the press? Section 20. 

46. Can the press be lawfully used for libelous and immoral publica- 
tion? Section 20. 

47. What provision about the writ of Habeas Corpus? Section 21. 

48. What do you mean by the "privileges of the writ of Habeas 

Answer. — The right of one restrained of his liberty to be brought before 
a Judge in order that the cause of imprisonment may be enquired into and 
he be dealt with according to law. 


49. Must a man own property in order to vote or hold office? Sec- 
tion 22. 

50. Why not? Section 22. 

51. What safeguard against improper taxation? Section 23. 

52. Did the people claim this when we achieved our independence of 
Great Britain? 

Answer. — Yes; the denial of this right was one of the chief causes of 
the Revolutionary war. 

53. Is the right to bear arms secured? Section 24. 

54. What reason is given why the people should have this right ? 
Section 24. 

55. Are standing armies allowed? Section 24. 

56. Why should they not be allowed? Section 24. 

57. Which should be superior, the civil or military power? Section 24. 

58. Can the practice of carrying concealed weapons be prohibited, and 
how ? Section 24. 

59. For what purposes may the people assemble together ? Section 25. 

60. What is said of secret societies? Section 25. 

61. What provision securing religious liberty ? Section 26. 

62. What provision about education ? Section 27. 

63. Why should elections be often held ? Section 28. 

64. What is necessary to preserve the blessings of liberty? Section 29. 

65. What provision in regard to hereditary privileges, &c. ? Section 30. 

66. About perpetuities and monopolies. Section 31. (See Article II, 
section 15.) 

67. What are ex post facto laws? Section 32. 

68. Are they proper? Section 32. 

69. What retrospective laws are forbidden ? Section 32. 

70. Are all slavery and involuntary servitude abolished ? Section 33. 

71. What not abolished? Section 33. 

72. What provision about the State boundaries? Section 34. 

73. What provision about the courts? Section 35 and section 17. 

74. What redress for injuries? Section 35 and section 17. 

75. How shall justice be administered?* Section 35. 

76. How are householders protected from quartering of soldiers? Sec- 
tion 36 ? 

*Note. — These words are from Magna Charta. 


77. Does the Declaration of Rights enumerate all the rights possessed 
by the people ? Section 37. 

78. Who have the powers not delegated in the Constitution? Section 37. 



1. How is the legislative authority vested ? Section 1. 

2. When these two bodies meet according to law what is their joint 
name? Section 2. 

3. When is their regular meeting? Section 2. 

4. How many members required in order to proceed to public business? 
Section 2. 

5. What name is given to this majority ? 
Answer. — Quorum. 

O. "How many Senators ? Section 3. 

7. How chosen ? Section 3. 

8. How often chosen ? Section 3. 

9. How are the Senate districts formed ? Section 4. 

10. Who are excluded from the count ? Section 4. 

11. When can a county be divided in forming a Senatorial district? 
Section 4. 

12. How are the members of the House of Representatives chosen ? 
Section 5. 

13. What is the rule as to counties not having a hundred-and-twentieth 
part of the population ? Section 5. 

14. How is the apportionment of Representatives made? Section 6. 

15. What are the qualifications of a Senator ? Section 7. 

16. What of members of the House ? Section 8. 

17. How does the General Assembly elect officers? Section 9; and 
Article VI, section 3. 

18. How do the people vote for Senators and members of the House ? 
Sections 3 and 5; and Article VI, section 3. 

19. What is the provision about divorce and alimony? Section 10. 

20. What legislation is prohibited to the General Assembly? Section 
11. (See Article V, section 1.) 


21. How can the General Assembly pass private laws other than those 
mentioned in sections 10 and 11? Section 12. 

22. How are vacancies in the General Assembly rilled? Section 13. 

23. What laws must be read three times in each House, on three 
separate days? Section 14. (See Article V, section 6.) 

24. Must the names of the members voting be entered on the journal 
when these laws are passed? Section 14. 

25. How must entails be regulated? Section 15. (See Article I, sec- 
tion 31.) 

26. What must be done with the journals of each House? Section 16. 

27. When can a member have the reasons of his dissent entered on the 
journal ? Section 17. 

28. Who chooses the Speaker and other officers of the House of Rep- 
resentatives? Section 18. 

29. Who presides in the Senate ordinarily? Section 19. 

30. When has the Lieutenant Governor the right to vote? Section 19. 

31. What powers has the Senate, independently of the House of Rep- 
resentatives? Sections 20 and 22. (See Article IV, section 3.) 

32. When does the Senate choose a Speaker? Section 20. In Article 
II, section 12, he is called President. 

33. What is the style of the acts of Assembly? Section 21. 

34. What powers has each House by itself? Section 22. 

35. Can one House by itself adjourn to any future day, or other place ? 
Section 22. 

36. How often must bills be read before becoming laws? Section 23. 

37. What else must be read three times? Section 23. 

38. Who signs these bills and resolutions? Section 23. They must be 
signed in presence of the Houses. 

39. What are bills called after such signatures? Sections 21 and 23. 

40. What oath or affirmation must each member take? Section 24. 

41. When must he take this oath or affirmation? Section 24. 

42. When do the terms of office begin? Section 25. 

43. When must the names of the members be entered on the journal? 
Sections 14 and 24. 

44. What is this proceeding termed ? 
Answer. — "Calling the yeas and nays." 

45. What time is designated in the Constitution for holding the election 
of members? Section 27. 

46. Can the General Assembly change this? Section 27. 


47. Has the change been made ? 

Answer.— Yes ; to the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. 

48. What authority determines the places of voting? Section 27. 

49. What compensation do members receive, and how long? Sec- 
tion 28. 

50. What mileage? Section 28. 

51. What do the presiding officers receive? Section 28. 

52. What provision about compensation during extra session? Sec- 
tion 28. 



1. In whom is the supreme executive power? Section 1. 

2. Who constitute the Executive Department? Section 1. 

3. Who chooses these officers? Section 1. 

4. How long do they serve? Section 1. 

5. At what times and places are the elections held ? Section 1. 
O. When does their term of office begin? Section 1. 

7. How long do they serve? Section 1. 

8. What are the qualifications for the offices of Governor and Lieuten- 
ant Governor? Section 2. 

9. Can they ever serve two terms in succession? Section 2. 

10. To whom are the returns of election sent ? Section 3. 

11. To what post-office? Section 3. 

12. Before whom are they opened and published? Section 3. 

13. Who must be declared elected? Section 3. 

14. What is done in case of a tie? Section 3. 

15. In such case how do the Houses vote ? Section 3. 

16. What must be done about contested elections? Section 3. 

17. What oath does the Governor take ? Section 4. 

18. Before whom taken ? Section 4. 

19. Where must the Governor reside? Section 5. 

20. What duties has he to perform in regard to the General Assembly ? 
Section 5. 

21. In what cases can the Governor grant pardons, &c. ? Section 6. 


22. Can he ['anion before the offender is convicted? Section (i. 

23. Can he pardon one impeached? Section 6. 

2-4. What is the Governor's duty in regard to pardons, &c, after granted ? 
Section (I. 

!£<•">. What officers report to the Governor? Section 7. 

26. What is done with these reports? Section 7. 

27. Supposing the Governor desires information regarding the duties 
of officers of the Executive Department, what can he require? Section 7. 

28. What is the greatest duty of the Governor? Section 7. 
20. Who is chief commander of the militia? Section 8. 

30. Can the militia ever pass out of his authority? Section 8. 

31. Under what circumstances can an extra session of the General 
Assembly be called? Section 9. 

32. Who nominates officers not otherwise provided for in the Constitu- 
tion ? Section 10. 

33. To what body are the nominations sent? Section 10. 

34. Can the Senate reject the nominations ? Section 10. 

3o. What duty has the Lieutenant Governor in regard to the Senate ? 
Section 11; and Article II, section 19. 

36. Is he a Senator ? 
Answer. — No. 

37. What is his compensation? Section 11; and Article II, section 28. 

38. Under what circumstances does the Lieutenant Governor assume 
the powers, &c , of the Governor ? Section 12. 

39. What is done when the Lieutenant Governor cannot preside in the 
Senate ? Section 12. 

40. Who succeeds the Lieutenant Governor, and under what circum- 
stances ? Section 12. 

41. What is done if the Lieutenant Governor loses the office of Gov- 
ernor during the recess of the General Assembly ? Section 12. 

42. Who prescribes the duties of the officers of the Executive Depart- 
ment ? Section 13. 

43. What is done in case of a vacancy ? Section 13. 

44. How long does the officer so appointed hold his office? Section 13 

45. W T ho constitutes the Council of State? Section 14. 

46. What is done with their proceedings? Section 14. 

47. Who is the legal adviser of the Executive Department ? Section 14. 

48. Who establishes the compensation of these officers? Section 15. 
40. How is their independence secured? Section 15. 


50. What is the seal of the State called? Section 16. 

51. Who has charge of it? Section 16. 

52. In what name are grants of lands, &c, issued, and how are they 
authenticated ? Section 16. 

53. In what manner are commissions to officers, &c, authenticated ? 
Section 16. 

54. W T hat department besides those heretofore named must be estab- 
lished by the General Assembly? Section 17. 

55* What laws must be enacted? Section 17. 



1. What is done in regard to distinctions between actions at law and 
suits in equity ? Section 1. 

2. Do the old forms of actions and suits remain ? Section 1. 

3. What is the name of the form of actions in use? Section 1. 

4. What is the name of the actions prosecuted by the State for a public 
offence ? Section 1. 

5. What is done with feigned issues? Section 1. 

6. How is the fact at issue tried ? Section 1. 

7. In what courts is the judicial power vested ? Section 2. 

8. Can the General Assembly establish any courts ? Section 2. 
O. What is the court for trial of impeachments ? Section 3. 

10. How many Senators must be present? Section 3. 

11. Who presides when the Governor is impeached? Section 4. 

12. What sentence can the Senate inflict? Section 3. 

13. Does the impeachment for a crime indictable in the courts prevent 
prosecution in the courts? Section 3. 

14. Can a less number than thirty-four Senators convict on impeach- 
ment? Section 4. 

15. What is the least number which can possibly convict ? 
Answer. — Two-thirds of a bare quorum — eighteen Senators. 
lO. What is treason against the State? Section 5. 

17. In what modes can traitors be convicted? Section 5. 


18. Can the punishment be made to extend to forfeiture of land or 
goods? Section "). 

19. Can it extend to corruption of blood? Section 5. 

20. What officers constitute the Supreme Court? Section l>. 

21. Are they called Judges? Section 6, but see sections 18 and 31. 

22. Where are the terms of the Supreme Court held? Section 7. 

23. What is the jurisdiction of this Court on appeals? Section 8. 
2-4. What jurisdiction over issues and questions of fact? Section 8. 
2»*>. Over what courts has it control? Section 8. 

26. What writs may it issue to effectuate this control? Section 8. 

27. What are some of these writs called? 

Answer. — Mandamus, Procedendo, Certiorari, Recordari, &c. 

28. What original jurisdiction has the Supreme Court? Section 9. 
20. Can the Court issue execution against the State? Section 9. 

30. What is done with the decisions of the Court in such cases? Sec- 
tion 9. 

31. Is the General Assembly bound to carry out the decision of the 
Court? Section 9; and Article I, section 8. 

32. Into how many districts is the State divided by the Constitution ? 
Section 10. 

33. What chief town or towns in First District? 
Answer. — Elizabeth City, Edenton. 

In Second District? Kaleigh, New Bern. 
In Third District? Wilmington, Goldsboro. 
In Fourth District? Fayetteville. 
In Fifth District? Greensboro, Durham. 
In Sixth District? Charlotte, Monroe. 
In Seventh District? Winston, Salisbury. 
In Eighth District? Statesville, Morganton. 
In Ninth District? Asheville. 

34. Can the General Assembly change the number of districts? Sec- 
tion 10. 

35. How often in each county must the Superior Court be held? Sec- 
tion 10. 

36. Where shall be the residence of the Judge? Section 11. 

37. Do the Judges preside always in the same district? Section 11. 

38. How often can a Judge preside in the same district? Section 11. 

39. Is there any exception to this ? Section 11. 



40. Can the General Assembly deprive the Judicial Department of its 
rightful powers, &c. ? Section 12 ; and Article I, section 8. 

41. What is allowable for the General Assembly to do ? Section 12. 

42. Does this power extend to the Supreme Court? Section 12. 

43. Can the General Assembly regulate appeals? Section 12. 

44. What power has the General Assembly in regard to methods of 
proceedings? Section 12. 

45. Are parties in a law suit bound to submit issues of fact to the jury ? 
Section 13. 

46. What effect has the finding of the Judge in such case upon the 
facts? Section 13. 

47. What duty has the General Assembly in regard to courts for cities 
and towns ? Section 14. 

48. Can these courts be allowed to try capital cases and other felonies? 
Section 14. 

49. Who appoints the Clerk of the Supreme Court? Section 15. 

50. What is his term of office ? Section 15. 

51. How is the Clerk of a Superior Court appointed? Section 16. 

52. When is the election? Section 16. 

53. What is the term of office? Section 17. 

54. Who prescribes the salaries, fees, <&c, of Judges, Clerks, &c. ? 
Section 18. 

55. How is the independence of the Judges secured? Section 18. 

56. What laws of North Carolina are in force ? Section 19. 

57. Where may these laws be found ? 

Answer. — Some may be found in the acts of Assembly, State Codes, 
&c. ; but besides these we have the "Common Law," inherited from our 
ancestors, not found in any statute book. 

58. Where are the principles of this "Common Law" to be looked for? 
Answer. — In the reports of judicial decisions, writings of eminent law- 
yers, &c. 

59. Who can alter these laws ? Article II, section 1. 

60. What was done with actions and suits pending when the Constitu- 
tion went into effect ? Section 20. 

61. How were these old suits to be heard and determined? Section 20. 

62. Who appoints the Justices of the Supreme Court? Section 21. 

63. When does the voting take place ? Section 21. 

64. What is their term of office? Section 21. 

65. How are Judges of the Superior Courts elected? Section 21. 


<><>. What is their term of office? Section 21. 

G7. Are they necessarily elected by all the voters of the State? Sec- 
tion 21. 

68. Whn are the Superior Courts open? Section 22. 
<>9. Is there exception to this? Section 22. 

70. Who elects the Solicitors of the Judicial Districts? Section 23. 

71. What is their term of office? Section 23. 

72. What are their duties? Section 23. 

73. Can a Justice of the Peace call on the Solicitor for legal advice? 
Section 23. 

74. How are Sheriffs and Coroners chosen? Section 24. 

75. What is their term of office? Section 24. 
70. Who elects Constables? Section 24. 

77. What are their terms of office? Section 24. 

78. Suppose there is no Coroner and one is needed, what is done? Sec- 
tion 24. 

79. Who may fill vacancies in the offices of Sheriff, Coroner and Con- 
stable ? Section 24. 

80. Who fills vacancies in offices created under this Article not specially 
provided for? Section 25. 

81. How long do Judges, &c, so appointed, hold office? Section 25. 

82. Suppose no election is held for such offices? Section 25. 

83. Suppose those elected refuse to qualify? Section 25. 

84. Suppose successors do not qualify? Section 25. 

85. Is section 26 obsolete ? 

86. What jurisdiction have Justices of the Peace over civil actions? 
Section 27. 

87. Suppose the title to land is in question? Section 27. 

88. Suppose the action is not founded on contract, where is it to be 
tried? Section 27. 

89. Of what criminal matters have they jurisdiction? Section 27. 

90. Who has power to regulate the fines and imprisonments? 
Answer. — The General Assembly. 

91. Can the General Assembly give jurisdiction to Justices of the Peace 
over any other matters whatever? Section 27. 

92. Suppose an issue of fact is joined before a Justice, can he decide 
it? Section 27. 

93. Suppose either party demands a jury ? Section 27. 


94. Is not this provision for a jury of six violating Article I, section 19? 
Answer. — No; right of appeal is allowed. Section 27. 
05. Is appeal allowed in criminal cases also? Section 27. 

96. Must the Justice write down the proceedings? Section 27. 

97. What must he do with the record? Section 27. 

98. Who fills vacancies in the office of Justice of the Peace? Sec- 
tion 28. 

99. Who fills vacancies in the office of the Superior Court Clerk ? 
Section 29. 

100. Supposing the General Assembly to establish other courts, who 
chooses the Judges and other officers? Section 30. 

101. What is their term of office ? Section 30. 

102. For what may Judges be removed? Section 31. 

103. What vote is necessary? Section 31. 

104. What notice must be given? Section 31. 

105. Supposing two-thirds of one House, and a majority not two-thirds 
of the other House vote for removal, what is the result? Section 31. 

106. For what can Clerks of Courts be removed ? Section 31. 

107. Who have the power of removal? Section 31. 

108. What notice must Clerks have of proceedings against them? Sec- 
tion 31. 

109. Can the Clerks of the Courts inferior to the Supreme Court 
appeal? Section 32. 

110. Is section 33 obsolete? 



1. What is another name for "capitation tax"? 
Answer. — "Poll tax." 

2. Is the General Assembly bound to levy such tax ? Section 1. 

3. On whom must it be levied? Section 1. 

4. To what amount must it be equal? Section 1. 

5. What is the maximum capitation tax under this section? Section 1, 
G. What is the maximum property tax? 

Answer. — Sixty-six and two-third cents on the one hundred dollars val- 


7. What is the object of the "equation of taxes"? 

Answer. — To protect property from excessive taxation by those owning 
no property, and vice versa. 

8. Who can exempt from capitation tax, and for what reason? Sec- 
tion 1. 

9. To what purposes must the capitation tax be applied? Section "2. 

10. What is the maximum amount which can be applied to the support 
of the poor ? Section 2. 

11. How must property be taxed ? Section 3. 

12. What has the General Assembly power to tax without being com- 
pelled to do so? Section 3. 

13. Can the income of a farmer from his lands be taxed? Section 3. 

14. What provision in regard to contracting new debts? Section 4. 

15. Is the special tax to be levied when the bonds of the State are at 
par? Section 4. 

1G. Supposing the bonds are not at par* in what cases are the special 
taxes not required? Section 4. 

17. What is necessary before the General Assembly can give or lend 
the credit of the State to individuals or corporations? Section 4. 

18. What exception to the general rule? Section 4. 

19. Does it require a majority of all the qualified voters to sanction 
such loan ? Section 4. 

20. Can the General Assembly take stock in a corporation and pay for 
the same by bonds of the State accepted at par? Section 4. (The Supreme 
Court says they cannot.) 

21. What property the General Assembly cannot tax? Section 5. 

22. What property does the General Assembly have power to exempt 
to an unlimited extent? Section 5. 

23. What property to a limited amount only ? Section 5. 

24. What is the limit? Section 5. 

25. In what mode are county taxes to be levied ? Section 5. 

26. What is the limit of county taxation for general purposes? Sec- 
tion 6. 

27. Supposing the county desires to exceed this limit for a special pur- 
pose? Section 6. 

28. What must be observed in levying tax acts, i. e., " Revenue Acts" ? 
Section 7. 

29. Can tax money raised for one purpose be used for another ? Sec- 
tion 7. 




1. State the qualifications of an elector, i. e., a voter? Section 1. 

2. What exception to this rule? Section 1. 

3. Does the mere commission of an infamous crime disqualify? Sec- 
tion 1. 

4. What authority lays down the rule for restoration to rights of citi- 
zenship? Section 1. 

5. What step is requisite preliminary to voting? Section 2. 
G. What oath is necessary to registration? Section 2. 

7. What authority provides rules for registration ? Section 2. 

8. How do the people vote ? Section 3. 

O. How do members of the General Assembly vote in elections of offi- 
cers ? Section 3 ; and Article, 1 1, section 9. 

10. What is the general rule as to qualifications for holding office ? 
Section 4. 

11. What oath does the officer take? Section 4. 

12. What persons are disqualified? Section 4. 

13. Does mere disbelief in an Almighty God disqualify, if such disbe- 
lief be not expressed? 

Answer. — No; the word "deny" is held to mean assertion of disbelief by 
word, writing or otherwise. (See Article I, section 26.) 



[NoTE.-^By authority conferred in section 14 of this Article the General Assembly has 
materially changed its provisions (Laws of 1876-'77, chapter 141). The attention of the 
pupil will be called to the most important of these changes.] 

1. What county officers are to be elected ? Section 1. 

By act of 1876-'77, chapter 141, section 5, the Justices' of the Peace 
elect three, four or five County Commissioners. The Justices may abolish 
the office of County Treasurer, and then the Sheriff takes his place. 

2. How often, and when does the election take place? Section 1. 


3. What are the duties of the County Commissioners by the Constitu- 
tion ? Section 2. 

4. How is this changed by act of 1876-77, chapter 141 ? 

Anstver. — By this act, section 5, the Commissioners cannot levy taxis, 
purchase land, remove or designate new sites for county buildings, contract 
or repair bridges, if the cost may be over $500, or borrow money, or alter, 
or make additional townships, without the concurrence of a majority of 
the Justices of the Peace sitting with them. Moreover, by the same act 
the Board of County Commissioners have the powers of the Township 
Trustees. Section 6. 

5. Who is Clerk of the Board of Commissioners? Section 2. 
O. What duty did the Commissioners of 1868 have ? Section 3. 

7. What is the name of the districts so formed ? Section 4. 

8. What powers did they have, and for what purpose? Section 4. 

By act of 1876-77, chapter 141, section 3, these powers are to be under 
supervision of the Board of County Commissioners ; and the said Board can 
alter boundaries of said townships and create additional ones. 

9. Who constituted the Board of Trustees of the Township by the Con- 
stitution, and by whom and when were they to be chosen ? Section 5. 

10. How is this by act of 1876-77, chapter 141 ? 

Answer.— By act of 1876-77, chapter 141, the General Assembly appoints 
three Justices for each township, who are divided in three classes and 
hold their offices for two, four and six years, but the successors of each 
class, as its term expires, hold office for six years. For each township in 
which any city or incorporated town was situate, one Justice of the Peace 
is appointed by the General Assembly, and one for each one thousand 
inhabitants of the city or town. When new townships are created, the 
General Assembly not being in session, the Governor appoints until the 
next meeting of the Assembly. 

11. What other officers were to be elected in the townships? Section 5. 

12. How has section 6 been changed? 

Answer. — The Board of Commissioners appoint one Justice of the Peace, 
or other suitable person, in each township, to list lands and personal 
property therein. Laws of 1881, chapter 117, section 1. 

Note.— By Act of 1881, Chapter 200, "County Superintendents of Public Instruction'' 
are to be elected by the County Board of Education and County Board of Magistrates in 
joint session. 

The County Commissioners constitute the County Board of Education. Same : Sec- 
tion 15. 


The tax list is revised by the Board of Commissioners. Same; section 18. 

13. What is necessary to enable a county or other municipal corpora- 
tion to contract debts, pledge its faith, or loan its credit? Section 7. 

14. What is necessary in order to levy and collect taxes more than for 
necessary expenses? Section 7. 

15. Will a majority of those actually voting be always sufficient? Sec- 
tion 7. 

16. What is necessary to enable money to be drawn from county or 
township treasuries ? Section 8. 

17. What is the rule of taxation in county and other municipal corpo- 
rations? Section 9; and Article V, section 6. 

18. What exemptions are required f Section 9; and Article V, section 5. 

19. What exemptions are allowed, and to what extent? Section 9; and 
Article V, section 5. 

20. Is section 10 obsolete? 

21. Is section 11 obsolete? ' 

22. Did all charters, &c, relating to municipal corporations, become 
of no effect on the adoption of this Article? Section 12. 

23. What debts are counties, &c, forbidden to pay, or levy taxes for? 
Section 13. 

24. What provision of this Article can the General Assembly change 
or abrogate? Section 14. 

25. What is section 7? 

26. What is section 9? 

27. What is section 13? 

28. Suppose the General Assembly should attempt to change either of 
these sections? 

Answer. — It would be the duty of the Courts to decide their action in- 



1. In what way may corporations be formed? Section 1. 

2. In what case may they be created by special act? Section 1. 


3. Can charters of corporations granted under this section be amended 
or repealed ? Section 1. 

4. How shall debts of corporations be secured? Section 1. 

»">. What authority has the right to prescribe rules for so securing cor- 
poration ilues? Section 2. 

(>. What is the meaning of the term "corporation" as used in this Article? 
Section 3. 

7. Can corporations sue and be sued like natural persons? Section 3. 

5. On whom is the duty of organizing cities, towns and incorporated 
villages? Section 4. 

i). What powers should the General Assembly restrict? Section 4. 
lO. For what purpose are these restrictions? Section 4. 



1. Why should schools, &c, be encouraged? Section 1. 

2. What is the duty of the General Assembly in regard to public 
schools ? Section 2. 

3. How must they provide such schools? Section 2. 

4. What are the school ages ? Section 2. 

o. What charge shall be made for tuition ? Section 2. 

6. Are "mixed schools" allowed ? Section 2. 

7. Is it lawful to have the schools for one race superior to those of the 
other ? Section 2. 

8. How shall the counties be divided for school purposes ? Section 3. 

9. How long must the schools be maintained ? Section 3. 

10. What punishment do the Commissioners incur by failing to com- 
ply with this? Section 3. 

11. What funds are set apart for support of the schools ? Section 4. 

12. Can these funds be used for any other purpose ? Section 4. 

13. What officer has charge of these funds? Section 4. 

14. What funds do the counties have charge of for school purposes ? 
Section •"). 

15. How is the Superintendent of Public Instruction to know about 
these county funds? Section 5. 



10. Who provides for the election of Trustees of the University? Sec- 
tion 6. 

17. What is vested in these Trustees? Section 6. 

18. Who has power to provide for the maintenance and management 
of the University ? Section 6. 

19. What is the duty of the General Assembly in regard to education 
at the University ? Section 7. 

20. What is their duty in regard to escheats, unclaimed dividends and 
distributive shares? Section 7. 

21. Who constitute the State Board of Education ? Section 8. 

22. Who are its officers ? Section 9. 

23. To what does the Board of Education succeed? Section 10. 

24. What power of legislation has the Board? Section 10. 

25. Is such legislation final ? Section 10. 

26. Who fixes the times of meeting of the Board? Section 11. 

27. How many necessary for the transaction of business? Section 12. 

28. Who provides for the contingent expenses of the Board? Sec- 
tion 13. 

29. What departments in connection with the University must the 
General Assembly establish ? Section 14. 

30. Can the General Assembly enact "compulsory education" ? Sec- 
tion 15. 

31. Over what ages would this compulsory education extend ? Sec- 
tion 15. 

32. For what length of time? Section 15. 



1. How much personal property is exempted from execution? Sec- 
tion 1. 

2. Who chooses this property? Section 1. 

3. Is it exempt from execution only? Section 1. 

4. What land is exempt, and of what value? Section 2. 

5. Who selects the homestead ? Section 2. 

6. Can a lot in a city, &c, be set apart? Section 2. 


7. Is the homestead li;il>le for taxes? Section 2. 
S. Is it liable for any other debt besides taxes? Section 2. 
!). After death of the owner is the homestead exempt any longer ? Sec- 
tion 2. 

10. If work is done on a homestead, is such homestead exempt from the 
mechanic's or laborer's lien? Section 4. 

11. Supposing the owner dies leaving a widow, but no children — from 
what is the homestead exempt, and how long? Section 5. 

1 — . What privileges does the widow enjoy, and how long? Section 5. 

13. Is every widow entitled to such privileges? Section 5. 

14. What becomes of the property of a woman marrying? Section 6. 

15. Suppose she acquires property after marriage, does she or her hus- 
band own it? Section 6. 

16. What kind of property so belongs to the wife ? Section 6. 

17. Cannot such property be made to pay the husband's debts? Sec- 
tion 5. 

18. Can she give away her property by will ? Section 6. 

10. Is her husband's assent necessary to the validity of her will ? Sec- 
tion 6. 

20. Can she sell or give away her property before her death? Sec- 
tion 6. 

21. Is her husband's assent necessary to such sale, &c. ? Section 6. 

22. Can the husband signify such assent "by word of mouth" ? Sec- 
tion 6. 

23. Can the husband insure his life for the benefit of his wife and 
children and pay for the policy out of his own money, rather than pay his 
creditors ? Section 7. 

24. What is done with the money when he dies? Section 7. 

25. Can the owner of the homestead sell it? Section 8. 

26. What is necessary to the validity of the deed? Section 8. 

27. Suppose he is not married ? Section 8. 



1. What are the punishments lawful in North Carolina? Section 1. 

2. Can convicts be made to labor on public works, &c. ? Section 1. 



3. Can convicts be hired (or farmed) out to individuals or corporations'? 
Section 1. 

4. Can all convicts be farmed out? Section 1. 

5. What authority prescribes the rules in regard to farming out convicts? 
Section 1. 

6. What convicts cannot be farmed out? Section 1. 

7. Can those hiring convicts punish them as they please? Section 1. 

8. For what can they be punished by the proper officer? Section 1. 

9. Under whose supervision, &c, are these convicts? Section 1. 

10. Can the General Assembly abolish capital punishment? Section 2. 

11. For what offences can the punishment of death be inflicted? Sec- 
tion 2. 

12. What are the objects of punishment? Section 2. 

13. What is the duty of the General Assembly in regard to a Peniten- 
tiary? Section 3. 

14. For what may houses of correction be provided? Section 4. 

15. For what may houses of refuge be established ? Section 5. 

16. How must the structure and superintendence of penal institutions, 
&c, be arranged ? Section 6. 

17. What provision in regard to male and female prisoners ? Section 6. 

18. What is one of the first duties of a civilized State? Section 7. 

19. What must the General Assembly do to carry out this duty? Sec- 
tion 7. 

20. What are the duties of this Board? Section 7. 

21. What must the General Assembly do for destitute orphans? Sec- 
tion 8. 

22. What must the General Assembly do in regard to idiots? Sec- 
tion 9. 

23. Can idiots be educated? 

Answer. — Yes; they can be taught many things of value to them and to 

24. What other unfortunates are classed with idiots? Section 9. 

25. What classes may be provided for at the expense of the State? 
Section 10. 

26. Has this section been changed since 1876? 

Answer. — By amendment to the Constitution adopted in 1880, the word 
"may" was substituted for the word "must" in this section. 

27. Should the penal and charitable institutions be made self-support- 
ing? Section 11. 




1. Who is liable to militia duty? Section 1. 

2. Who are exempt? Section 1. 

3. What duties has the General Assembly in regard to militia? Sec- 
tion 2. 

4. Who is Commander-in-Chief of the militia? Section 3; and Article 
III, section 8. 

5. For what may he call them out? Section 3; and see Article III, 
section 7. 

6. What authority can make exemptions from militia duty ? Section 4. 

7. What other duty has the General Assembly in regard to the militia? 
Section 4. 




1. In what manner must a convention of the people be called ? Sec- 
tion 1. 

2. What is the number of votes necessary in the Senate ? 
Answer. — Two-thirds of fifty — thirty-four at the least. 

3. What number in the House of Representatives? 

Answer. — Two-thirds of one hundred and twenty — eighty votes at the 

4. What authority directs the manner of submission to the people? 
Section 1. 

5. What authority prescribes the day of meeting? Section 1. 
O. Can a Convention so called alter the Constitution ? 
Answer. — Yes; it can amend the Constitution or make a new one. 
7. What is a "restricted convention" ? 

Answer. — One in which the General Assembly provides that the members 
shall confine their action to certain specified matters, or shall refrain from 
making changes in certain particulars. Some have doubted the power of 
the General Assembly -to bind the members in this way, but it has been 
done several times in this State. 


S. Can the Constitution be altered without calling a Convention ? Sec- 
tion 2. 

9. By what vote must the proposed change pass the General Assembly ? 
Section 2. 

10. Does this mean three-fifths of all the members of each House ? 
Section 2. 

11. What is the least vote by which it could pass in the Senate ? 
Answer. — Three-fifths of twenty-six — sixteen votes. 

12. What is the least in the House of Representatives ? 
Answer. — Three-fifths of sixty-one — thirty-seven votes. 

13. What must then be done with the proposed amendment? Sec- 
tson 2. 

14. Does it require a majority of all the qualified voters to pass it? 
Section 2. 

15. Which is the most, two-thirds or three-fifths ? 



1. Supposing indictments to be pending at the adoption of the Constitu- 
tion, what is the rule in regard to their punishments ? Section 1. 

2. What is the rule in regard to duelling? Section 2. • 

3. Is the challenger disqualified if the other party declines to fight ? 
Section 2. 

4. Is the challenged party, who accepts the challenge, disqualified if no 
fight occurs? Section 2. 

5. Is the person who carries the challenge disqualified if no fight occurs ? 
Section 2. 

G. Is it any offence against the laws of North Carolina for its citizens to 
fight in another State? 

Answer. — No ; but it is an offence to agree to go out of the State for the 
purpose of fighting.* 

7. What is necessary to enable money to be drawn from the Treasury 
of the State? Sections. (See Article V, section 7.) 

8. What must be done with the account of receipts and expenditures ? 
Section 3. 


i). What protection to mechanics and laborers must he given? Section 
I ; and Article X, section 4. 

10. What is the general provision in regard to terms of office" Sec- 
tion 5. 

11. Where shall he the seat of government? Section 6. 

12. What is the rule in regard to double offices? Section 7. 

13. What exception to the general rule? Section 7. 

14. What marriages are prohibited ? Section 8. 

15. What proportion of negro blood comes within the prohibition ? 
Section 8. 

Answer. — One-eighth negro blood (octoroon) will prohibit. 

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